Men's and Women's Cross Country Bring Home the Philadelphia Metro Championship Trophy

Shawn D'Andrea
Shawn D'Andrea

Philadelphia, PA- Running on their home course in the Philadelphia Metro Championships (PMC), the Philadelphia University men's and women's cross country teams both took home championship trophies on Saturday afternoon.  It was the first PMC Championship for the men. 

The women were 1st of 18 teams, beating defending CACC champions Georgian Court University for the first time in recent Phila U. cross country history.  The Lady Rams were led by last week's CACC Runner and Rookie of the Week freshman Sarah Simonetti, who won the 5K race (19:44), nearly 15 seconds faster than the nearest runner.  Her time smashes the 18 year-old school record set by Sheila Wallace (20:08) in 1990. 

Other top performers for the women included Faith Anderson (7th, 20:55), Kaitlin O'Leary (8th, 20:57), Kara Laufer (21:16) and Gabrielle Dei Tos (21:21). 

The men were 1st of 20 teams, led by junior Shawn D'Andrea (3rd, 26:22) in the 8K.  D'Andrea's time broke the Philadelphia University 8K school record set in 2006 by Josh Vander Veen (27:10). 

The Rams placed four other men in the top 15, all with personal records including Dave Snyder (5th, 27:50), Jeff Kopczynski (28:14), Schneider Ellessaint (28:17), and Kirk Tencate (28:19). 

Both the men's and women's teams will head to the Belmont Classic on Saturday, September 27th; the women have a 12:30 p.m. start and the men begin at 1:00 p.m.