EUGENE, Ore. - Junior Kelsey Hay became the first woman in the University of Pennsylvania women's track & field program's history to receive two outdoor All-America honors, as she had a 13th-place finish to earn second-team All-America selection in the javelin Thursday night at the NCAA Track & Field Championships.
The only other Penn woman to garner a pair of All-America awards was Jesse Carlin, who earned two indoor honors -- both in 2008 (distance medley relay and 800 meters). Hay earned honorable mention All-America with an 18th-place finish in the javelin last year.
The first to competefor the Quakers this week, Hay's best toss landed 47.85 meters (157 feet, 0 inches).
Hay, who set an Ivy League record in the event at the NCAA East Preliminary Round (51.17 meters/167-10 ft.), will return for her senior season in 2015-16 as arguably the most decorated thrower in program history. In addition to the multiple All-America accolades, Hay is a two-time Heps champion, two-time USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree, three-time All-Ivy selection, three-time NCAA qualifier and served as team captain during the 2014-15 campaign.
Four more Quakers are still set to compete for a national title on Friday. ESPN coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. Junior Sam Mattis and sophomore Noah Kennedy-White will compete in the men's discus starting at 7 p.m. (EST). At the same time, freshman Mike Monroe will take flight in the men's high jump. At 9:30 p.m. (EST), junior Thomas Awad races for a national championship in the men's 5,000 meters.
In all, the five Quakers at the NCAA Championships are a program record under the current format.
A full recap will be available at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of the day's events.