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Sept. 11, 2015


By Zach Reagan, Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Penn State men’s and women’s cross country teams look to build on momentum from last week’s meet into the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational at the Blue-White Golf Courses Friday.

The Nittany Lions proved that they were in fine running shape for the season’s opener at Lock Haven for the Dolan Duals as the men’s and women’s sides both won team titles. Junior Ean DiSilvio and senior Tori Gerlach took the men’s and women’s titles respectively. DiSilvio capped off his winning performance with a move with about 800-meters left in the race to take the victory. DiSilvio capped off his week with Big Ten Men’s Cross Country Co-Athlete of the Week honors.

"Last week's meet was a good competitive effort for us,” said Coach John Gondak. “It really showed us where everyone is at this point in the season.”

“It allowed us to continue to prescribe to the students what their training should be and how they need to continue to improve their fitness.”

The Dolan Duals women’s winner Tori Gerlach is a prime example of an athlete continuing to improve her fitness. It was a different offseason for her, but in a positive way.

“It was the first summer I really got to train, usually I’m sick or hurt,” said Gerlach. “I actually got to train the right way.”

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