Freshmen Impress in Track & Field Opener

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Three freshmen for the University of Pennsylvania track and field teams earned their way into the school's all-time top 10 lists in their collegiate debut Saturday at the Lehigh Fast Times meet in Bethlehem, Pa.

Two freshmen women broke the facility record in the 60 meters and moved into the school's all-time top 10 in their first collegiate race. Taylor McCorkle won the event with a new Rauch Fieldhouse record time of 7.60 -- the second-fastest finish in school history and fastest by a Penn athlete since Leah Brown in 2012. Barbara Biney was second in the event with the sixth-fastest time in program history at 7.69.

Freshman Candace Taylor duplicated that feat with a win, facility record and all-time top-10 performance. She was tops in the 500 meters with the fifth-fastest finish in school history at 1:15.09. It was nearly a full second better than the previous facility standard and two seconds faster than anyone else in the field.

Junior Serena Graf jumped up the all-time rankings at Penn with a personal-best effort in the shot put. Her best toss of 13.46 meters (43-06 ft.) placed her second at the meet and tied for fifth-best in program history.

Juniors Brandon Senior and Sam Mattis each won a pair of events for the men. Senior stopped the clock at 7.04 to win the 60 meters, and earned the victory in the 200 meters with a finish of 22.75. Mattis won the shot put with a toss of 16.65 meters (54-07.50 ft.), and the weight throw with a toss of 16.82 meters (55-02.25 ft.).

The women's 4x400-meter relay also set a facility record with a winning time of 3:57.21, while the men were just two-tenths away from doing the same with a winning time of 3:20.86.

Freshman Jeff Wiseman won the men's 500 meters and came up just short of reaching the school record book. His winning time of 1:04.18 was three-hundreths of a second from 10th-place in Penn history.

Freshman Jordan Palmer also earned a win in his collegiate debut in the men's triple jump. His top jump measured 14.45 meters (47-05 ft.).

Also for the women, senior Lydia Ali won the 200 meters at 25.83, while sophomore Carey Celata was first in the 1,000 meters with a time of 2:55.84 and sophomore Amaris Kobolak was tops in the long jump with a winning leap of 5.73 meters (18-09.75 ft.).

Penn continues the indoor campaign right back at Rauch Fieldhouse after the Winter break. Lehigh hosts the Mountain Hawk Challenge on Jan. 17.

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