Penn Track in England (2010)
PHILADELPHIA - A biennial tradition, Ivy rivals Penn and Cornell team up against England universities, Oxford and Cambridge. Dating back more than half a century, the Transatlantic Series is hosted by the Big Red this year and will be held in Ithaca, N.Y. on Saturday afternoon.
Following traditional British scoring, each event winner earns one point for their team. Penn and Cornell meet Oxford and Cambridge in the transatlantic dual approximately every two years, alternating as the hosts on each occassion. In 2010, for the last meeting, the Quakers and Big Red went across the Atlantic. Penn hosted Cornell and their overseas guests at Franklin Field in 2009, and next summer, the two U.S. schools are scheduled to travel back to England.
Saturday's meet between the American and British universities will start at 10 a.m. with the shot put and on the track at 10:30 a.m. with the 3,000 meters. The meet will conclude at 3:20 p.m. with the 4x400-meter relays.
In the latest edition of this Transatlantic Series, the Quakers and Big Red toured Great Britain and then topped the foreign duo in Oxford at the historic Roger Bannister Running Track. The Penn and Cornell women remained unbeaten all-time in the series when they combined to win all but one of the 19 events. The men had similar success, getting off to a fast start with victories by Penn athletes in four of the first five events, and in all, Cornell and Penn won 16 of the 19 event titles.
Penn will have some momentum heading into the meet. Thomas Awad highlighted the meet with a victory in the 5,000 (Section II) in 14:04.75. That was the third-fastest time in school history, the fastest by a Quaker in 35 years and the sixth-fastest in the nation at the time. Also on the track, freshman Drew Magaha took fourth in the 800 in 1:50.09, while Mato Bekelja was seventh in 1:50.51. Those two times sit just outside the top 10 all-time at Penn and are career-bests for each. They also both ranked within the Top 25 in the nation. In addtion, junior Maalik Reynolds won his section of the high jump.
A full recap will be available at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of the meet.