BEDFORD, England - As part of the trip overseas for the Transatlantic Series, the University of Pennsylvania track and field team's competed at England's U-20 and U-23 Championships on Saturday and Sunday.
Rising sophomore Noah Kennedy-White won the U-20 title in the men's discus and Cleo Whiting and Elyssa Gensib each cracked Penn's all-time top 10 in the women's 1,500 meters to highlight the weekend at Bedford International Stadium.
Kennedy-White had a winning toss of 55.23 meters (181 feet, 2 inches). The throw came with a junior discus, but otherwise would have marked just the fourth time a Penn man surpassed the 180-foot mark in the event. Since Chuck Hinton did so in 1994, rising junior Sam Mattis -- the school record holder -- is the only Quakers to surpass 180 feet in the discus. The only other Quaker to reach that mark was Ken Dietz, who's career-best toss measured 181 feet, 8 inches, and stood as the school record for 25 years.
Gensib and Whiting also posted personal bests at England's national meet. The duo each finished among the top 10 in the U-23 final as Whiting was eighth overall and Gensib was 10th. They also earned their way into Penn's all-time top 10. Whiting finished in 4:28.33 and became just the seventh woman in program history to break 4:30 in the event. She is now sixth all-time at Penn with that finish. Gensib's time of 4:30.65 ranks eighth all-time at Penn.
Rising sophomore and Penn Relays heptathlon champion Noel Jancewicz finished third in the high jump with a clearance of 1.65 meters. Senior Jake Brenza and rising junior Kelsey Hay also earned a top three finishes. Brenza did so with a toss of 16.86 meters in the U-23 men's shot put and Hay was the runner-up in the U-23 women's javelin at 49.51 meters.
Other top finishes for the Quakers included Thomas Pitt's fourth-place performance in the men's high jump with a clearance of 2.06 meters, Tom Timmins' sixth-place finish in the men's 400-meter hurdles at 52.29, Ben Bowers' sixth-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles at 14.84 and Drew Magaha's seventh-place showing in the 800 meters with a preliminary mark of 1:51.48 and finals finish of 1:57.07.
On the women's side, Serena Graf finished sixth with a toss of 45.67 meters in the hammer, Nailah Hill was seventh in the U-20 discus at 42.05 meters and Amaris Kobolak was seventh in the U-20 long jump with a leap of 5.49 meters.
PennAthletics.com will continue to have full coverage of the team's trip.