PHILADELPHIA - Track and field season starts to hit its stride on Saturday for the University of Pennsylvania. A full compliment of the men's and women's teams will head to the historic Armory for the Columbia Lions Invitational.
Field events begin at 5 p.m. with the men's long jump and weight throw. Track events will start at the same time with the 60 meters. The meet is set to conclude at 9 p.m. with the 4x800-meter relay.
Last week, the Quakers combined to win 11 events at the Haverford Invitational. Of those 11 wins, ten came from underclassmen. Senior Jenny Thompson was the top upperclassmen for the Quakers with a victory in the women's triple jump. Meanwhile, sophomore Ben Bowers won three events for the men. He was the top finisher in the 60 meters, 60-meter hurdles and 200 meters.
In Penn's last full-team visit to the Armory, the men claimed four victories at the Lafayette/Rider Invitational last year. Mason Smith won the 60 meters, Tom Timmins bettered a field of 20 in the 400 meters, Tom Pitt was tops in the high jump and Jordan Jett won the triple jump. On the women's side, Gabrielle Piper (60-meter hurdles) and Theresa Picciallo (shot put) stood atop the podium for the Red and Blue. All six of those winners are set to return to the Armory on Saturday.
A full recap will be available at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of the day's events.