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Courtesy: University of Pennsylvania
Track Competes at England's U20/U23 Championships
Courtesy: Eric Dolan, associate director of athletic communications  
Release:  06/23/2014

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.

The Quakers are spending two weeks in England for the Transatlantic Series and are keeping a daily travel log detailing their trip, which you can find here.

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.




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