NEW YORK, N.Y. - For the second straight week, the University of Pennsylvania men's and women's track & field teams rearranged the school record books. The Quakers posted a plethora of top 10 finishes at the Lafayette/Rider Invitational on Friday and also competed at the prestigious Millrose Games on Saturday at the Armory.
Three-time All-American Maalik Reynolds finished fourth against some of the nation's best in the men's high jump at the Millrose Games. He cleared 2.19 meters. Also at the Millrose Games, the Quakers finished fifth in the men's 4x800-meter relay with a time of 7:35.61. Meanwhile, at Boston University, sophomore Thomas Awad posted the school's second-fastest 3,000 meters with a time of 8:04.34.
Junior Lydia Ali posted three top-10 finishes for the women on Friday at the Armory. First, she sprinted to a runner-up finish in the women's 60 meters with a time of 7.67 -- it marked a season-best and improved on her ECAC qualifying mark. She then posted a seventh-place finish in the 200 meters at 25.21 and duplicated that effort with a seventh-place showing in the 400 meters at a career-best finish of 56.75. Her 400-meter time is the fifth-fastest in school history and she now ranks among the top seven in school history in each of those events.
In the 1,000 meters, two women moved into the school's all-time top 10 list, while freshman Chris Hatler broke the tape at the historic facility for the men. Hatler finished with an IC4A qualifying time of 2:28.29 to earn the victory, while sophomore teammate Kirk Webb was just a few strides behind at 2:30.59 to place third overall. Freshman Ashley Montgomery ran the sixth-fastest time in women's program history with a runner-up finish of 2:53.22. Just behidn her was senior captain Chelsea Delaney with the seventh-fastest mark at Penn -- 2:54.24 -- to finish third overall.
Penn made an impact In the men's and women's 3,000 meters. Sophomore Clark Shurtleff and freshman Nick Tuck each raced into the men's school record book, while Elyssa Gensib posted the third-best time in Penn women's history.
Shurtleff posted the sixth-fastest time in school history with a third-place finish of 8:13.99. Meanwhile, in the same section, Tuck was just a few seconds behind and finished fifth overall at 8:17.84. That stands as the eighth-best time in Penn history and the Quakers now have four of the top 3,000-meter runners in school history on their active roster (Thomas Awad is fifth; Conner Paez is seventh). Gensib finished fourth overall and her time of 9:41.21 is the fastest for any Penn woman since Emily Logan set the school record in 2004.
Other men's highlights a trio of seventh-place finishes from a trio of juniors. That included Mato Bekelja in the 500 meters with a finish of 1:04.76; Tom Tallerico in the 800 meters at 1:54.04; and Jordan Jett in the triple jump at 14.50 meters (47-07 ft.). Sophomore Ben Bowers was fourth in the 60-meter hurdles at 8.18 and junior Marcus LaRoche was fifth in the shot put at 16.08 meters (52-09.25 ft.).
Also on the women's side, junior Pauline Dabrowski was third in the 800 meters at 2:14.95. Freshman Cleo Whiting was third in the mile with a finish of 4:56.87. Senior Gabrielle Piper was fourth in the 60-meter hurdles at 8.74. The Quakers were fifth in the 4x400 relay at 3:57.81.
Next weekend the Quakers head to Princeton, N.J., for the Princeton Invitational on Sunday, Feb. 23.