PHILADELPHIA - A pair of student-athletes -- one entering his final season as a Quaker and another in the midst of a blossoming career -- were honored by Penn's Sports Performance department for their effortts in comeptition and in training this past month.
Ryan Mitchell just completed his final session of spring ball for the defending Ivy League champion football team. In 2012, Mitchell played in eight games -- making at least one reception in each appearance. He finished his second Ivy championship season third on the team in both receptions (25) and receiving yards (255). During the spring practice season, Micthell was lauded as one of the leading gainers in measurables in the weight room as he battled back from he late-season injury.
On the track, Heather Bong has started to rewrite the storied record books of Penn women's track and field. On April 13, she set a Penn record in the 100m with a school-record 11.83 at the Patriot Invitational at George Mason. A tenth of a second faster than the previous mark -- which had lasted eight years -- Bong was also part of a winning 4x100 relay that day and set the sixth-fastest 200m time in Penn history on a busy day for the sophomore. Two weeks later, Bong was part of a 4x100 relay at The Penn Relays which finished fifth and posted the third-fastest time in school history. Over the first weekend in May, Bong twice finished second at Heps -- in the 100 and 200 -- to earn a pair of second-team All-Ivy honors.