Penn men’s and women’s cross country team competed at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship hosted by Lehigh on Nov. 12.
The women’s team ran a 6K, whereas the men’s team ran a 10K race. The Quakers last competed at the regional championship in 2019, where the women’s team paced sixth and the men placed fifth.
The Penn teams were familiar with the racing course at Lehigh, Goodman Campus, having competed there during the Lehigh Invitational in January and the Paul Short Run in October. This time around, the men’s team was captained by senior Noah Carey of Guilderland, N.Y. and the women’s team was captained by senior Ariana Gardizy of Lansdale, Pa.
The women’s team finished in 10th place out of 27 teams, with Gardizy leading the pack with a time of 21:07.9 and finishing 22nd individually. On the men’s side, Carey put on a show, finishing third individually with a time of 30:17.8, just seven seconds behind the first-place finisher.
Carey will compete at the national championship in Tallahassee, Fla., on Nov. 20, representing the Quakers. As a team, the men's team finished sixth out of 26 competing teams.