In his first competitive action since earning All-American honors at cross country Nationals, star junior runner Thomas Awad headlined the efforts of Penn track and field at the New York Armory Invitational over the weekend.
Franklin Field may have met its match.
“We sort of pride ourselves with Franklin Field for having one of the premiere facilities on the East Coast,” coach Steve Dolan said.
After two small meets at Lehigh to bring in the indoor season, Penn track and field is looking to take on all comers.
If Saturday is any indication, this could be a fun year for Penn track. In their first indoor track meet of the season and the last before break, the Red and Blue picked up victories in an impressive 15 events at the Lehigh Fast Times in Bethlehem, Pa.
The fall season may be coming to a close, but on Saturday, Penn athletics’ potential MVP got yet another chance to cement his status amongst the schools elite athletes.
And then there was one. While almost all of Penn’s cross country runners ended their seasons last weekend, junior captain Thomas Awad is the lone Quaker that still has one more race left in his season.
If the Heptagonal Championships showed two Penn cross country squads on opposite ends of the Ivy spectrum, this weekend represented a return to equality within the program.
So now we know where Penn cross country stands in the Ivy league, but where does that put the program in the larger scheme of things? The Red and Blue will provide an answer to this question this Friday as they look to improve on their results from Ivy Heptagonals two weeks ago at NCAA Regionals.
After the women’s team was unable to break through at Heptagonals – finishing last as a team in the Ivy championship meet – junior Tom Awad took first in the men’s race, leading the men’s team to an impressive third-place finish.
There’s a moment in every team’s season when it becomes apparent if those long months of training have really paid dividends. That moment is now for Penn XC.
A casual observer at the recent Princeton Invitational may have been a bit confused by the sight of the same Penn cross country runner crossing the finish line twice in a one-second span.
One of just two freshmen running with the "A-team" for Penn women's cross country, Abby Hong is no stranger to finding herself in select groups on the track.
All roads lead to the Heptagonals for Penn cross country, but fortunately for the Quakers, they are going to be intimately familiar with the road in question.
There’s another home meet on Penn track & field’s schedule this year and it’s a big one.
On a busy weekend for Penn athletics in general, cross country in particular had a lot on its hands.
Usually teams find strength in numbers, but this weekend, Penn cross country is looking to divide and conquer.
Last year, Thomas Awad broke out and established himself as the clear face of Penn track and cross country. Now he looks to lead the Quakers to the top of the Ivy League.
After an outstanding performance at last week’s Big 5 Invitational in which the Quakers took six of the top seven spots in the women’s race and the top seven in the men’s, the Red and the Blue are ready to follow up their success Thursday at the Main Line Invitational.
Penn track and field has fought through a lot already this season, but there will be no rest for the weary anytime soon.
On Saturday, Penn men’s and women’s track and field meets became an afterthought as the teams and Penn community at large grieved in the aftermath of Madison Holleran’s death.