Cross country trio earns All-Ivy praise

Third-year runner Maeve Stiles has received First-Team All-Ivy recognition. Fourth-year runner Lizzy Bader and first-year runner Lily Murphy picked up Second-Team honors.

Third-year runner Maeve Stiles (left), fourth-year runner Lizzy Bader (top), and first-year runner Lily Murphy (bottom). (Images: Hunter Martin/Bill Shearn/Penn Athletics)

For only the second time in program history, three runners on the women’s cross country team have earned All-Ivy recognition.

Third-year runner Maeve Stiles has received First-Team All-Ivy recognition and fourth-year runner Lizzy Bader and first-year runner Lily Murphy were selected Second-Team All-Ivy.

With a time of 20:58.5, Stiles, from Norfolk, Virginia, placed third at the Ivy League Heptagonal Cross Country Championships in the Bronx, New York, on Oct. 28, the second-fastest time in school history at the Ivy Heps and Penn’s first top-3 finish since 2016.

Bader, a team captain from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, placed 10th at the Ivy Heps with a time of 21:21.8, her career best and the seventh fastest time in program history at the Ivy Heps.

Murphy, from Summit, New Jersey, finished 13th with a time of 21:33.4.

Accumulating 80 points, the women’s cross country team placed third at the Ivy Heps. Harvard won and Princeton finished second.

The only other year in which three members of the women’s cross country team earned All-Ivy recognition was 2019; Maddie Villalba was a First-Team selection and Ariana Gardizy and Nia Akins were Second-Team awardees.

Up next for the Quakers is the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships on Friday, Nov. 11, at Penn State.