FAIRFAX, Va. - Sophomore Kelsey Hay set a school record in the women's javelin and several Quakers joined or moved up the school's all-time top 10 lists this weekend as the University of Pennsylvania track and field teams competed at the George Mason Invitational.
As a team, the women finished ninth among the 20 schools that scored with 30 points. The men were third among 23 schools with 77 points.
Hay, who entered the meet ranked second all-time at Penn, set the school record with a toss of 48.78 meters (160 feet). That mark won the meet and surpassed Julie Siebert-Johnson's old record of 48.72 meters (159-10 ft.) which had stood for the last 12 years. Also in the event, Lisa Sesink-Clee was fifth at 41.29 meters (135-05 ft.).
Sophomore Thomas Awad won the 1,500 meters with the second-fastest time in Penn history. Awad broke a 36-year-old school record in the 5,000 meters in his last outing, and on Saturday, he posted the fastest 1,500 meters at Penn in 40 years. Only Denis Fikes' time of 3:37.14 in 1974 was better than Awad's winning time of 3:42.89.
Meanwhile, sophomore Sam Mattis was second in the discus at the Texas Invitational. The school-record holder's best toss traveled 59.89 meters (196-06 ft.). Meanwhile, Noah Kennedy-White finished 10th among a strong field with a career-best -- and the 10th-best toss in school history -- at 50.70 meters (166-04 ft.).
Back in Virginia, junior Lydia Ali posted the second-fastest 100 meters in women's program history. Her time of 11.90 in the preliminaries placed her ninth overall. That time is only bettered by Heather Bong's school-record time of 11.83 at this meet last year. Ali is just the fourth woman at Penn to break 12 seconds in the event.
Sophomore Ben Bowers was fifth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.42, Mato Bekelja was eighth in the 800 meters (1:50.50), the 4x100-meter relay finished fourth at 42.07, Thomas Pitt was fourth in the high jump at 2.04 meters (6-08.25 ft) and Nick Straughn was fourth in the triple jump at 14.10 meters (46-03.25 ft.).
Next week, in the final tune-up prior to the 120th Penn Relays, the Quakers head to the Larry Ellis Invitational.