PHILADELPHIA - In a rare occasion, the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University women's track and field programs will face off in a dual meet Saturday afternoon. The Quakers will serve as hosts to their rivals at Franklin Field.
The dual meet will begin at River Fields with the hammer at 1:30 p.m., followed by the shot put, discus and javelin. Inside Franklin Field, the long jump and pole vault begin at 3:30 p.m., while the first track event - the steeplechase - is set for that same time.
This weekend is usually reserved for the tri-meet with Yale. Princeton won the P-Y-P meet last year and the Quakers were the runner up. Princeton won with 106 points, while Penn finished with 67 and Yale placed third with 28. In 2010, the Quakers won their first P-Y-P title since 2006.
This past week at the Penn Invite, the Quakers posted seven wins, several changes to the school record book and had a representative in the top five of every event they entered. Penn posted a win in the 4x100-meter relay with the fifth-fastest mark in school history. The Quakers have consistently hit that illustrious 47-sec mark since 2010, including Saturday's winning time of 46.59. Junior Jillian Hart reached 3.75 meters (12 feet, 3 1/2 inches) in the pole vault. That had only been accomplished once before in the history of the program. Her current vaults coach, Sam Crook, holds the school mark at 4.00 meters. In the javelin, junior Morgan Wheeler had the fourth-best day in the history of the event at Penn. She had a season-best effort of 43.91 meters on her first toss.
A full recap of the meet will be available at PennAthletics.com shortly after the completion of the day's events.