Awad Sets Another School Record for Track & Field

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J./BOSTON, Mass./NEW YORK, N.Y.- All throughout the Northeast this weekend, the University of Pennsylvania track and field teams found success. JuniorThomas Awadset another school record at the prestigious Millrose Games, the women won the meet at Monmouth, and a few Quakers posted all-time top 10 times in Boston.

Just two weeks removed from breaking a 42-year-old record in the men's indoor mile, Awad toppled a 41-year-old mark in the 3,000 meters on Saturday. And he did so in convincing fashion. The East Norwich, N.Y., native bested his personal best by 10 seconds, and the school record by four seconds. Both program records were previously held by Denis Elton Cochran-Fikes since the mid-1970s. Awad raced to a fourth-place finish against 11 of the top collegiate and professional runners. He was the third collegian overall and set the new Penn standard at 7:54.81.

At Boston University's Valentine Invitational, seniorTom Timminsposted the sixth-best 400 meters in men's program history, freshmanJeff Wisemanfinished with the seventh-best 800 meters in Penn men's history, and sophomoreCarey Celataadded the fourth-best time in women's program history in the 800 meters.

In a field of 194 runners, Timmins finished 15th with Penn's fastest time in 12 years at 48.27. Meanwhile, Wiseman was one of 205 runners in his event and finished ninth - seventh among collegians - at 1:51.23. Among 180 runners, Celata finished seventh with a time of 2:09.05 - the fifth Penn woman to break 2:10 in the event and the fastest finish for a Quaker since Victoria Strickland in 2012.

In New Jersey, the Penn women were tops among 13 schools with 155 points. That bested host Monmouth, which finished second with 127.33 points. The Penn men were second to Monmouth with 67 total points.

Penn finished 1-2-3 in the women's 60 meters. Freshmen Taylor McCorkle (7.62) and Barbara Biney (7.78) were first and second, respectively, followed by senior Lydia Ali (7.80). McCorkle was also second in the 200 meters (25.56), while Ali was also third in the 400 meters (59.47).

FreshmanDevinne Millerwon the women's triple jump with a leap of 11.71 meters (38-05 ft.), and freshman Gina Alm won the women's 500 meters with a time of 1:17.69.

Gabby Cuccia was second in the women's 800 meters at 2:14.53, and the 4x400-meter relay was also a runner-up for the Penn women.

For the men, Drew Diederich was second in the 200 meters at 23.02, and James Buser was runner-up in the 800 meters at 1:56.36.

Up next for the Quakers is the final test before the Indoor Heptagonal Championships. Penn makes the short trip to the Haverford Invitational next Saturday before the league championships at Harvard Feb. 28-March 1.

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