Penn distance coach Blake Boldon, who helped guide Leslie Kovach to All-America status this spring, has been promoted to the position of head coach of the Quakers’ men’s and women’s cross country programs.
Boldon was quoted in the Penn release as saying:
“I couldn’t be more grateful. Penn is a top-five academic institution with the world’s largest track meet. It has one of the oldest and most prestigious cross country programs in the nation, and the Ivy League is an elite distance conference on the national level. To receive this opportunity is extraordinary.
“Initially, we want to compete with the top schools in the Ivy League. If we can do that, we can compete with anyone in the country. I truly believe Penn cross country can be among the top teams in the nation. That’s why I’m here. That’s why this is so exciting.”
An Academic All-America at Missouri State, the 2003 graduate became a sub-four miler four years ago, running 3:59.18 at an indoor last chance meet in Ames, Iowa.