OXFORD, England - In the final meet of a two-week tour of the United Kingdom, both the Penn men and women's track and field teams combined with Cornell to defeat their English counterparts Oxford and Cambridge. The women remained unbeaten all-time against the Oxford/Cambridge duo with a decisive 125-64 victory, while the men were also victorious at the historic Roger Bannister Running Track, 118-76.
Departing on June 14 from JFK Airport in New York City, the University of Pennsylvania men's and women's track and field teams embarked on their quadrennial trip to the United Kingdom. Every four years, the Quakers team up with the Cornell track and field teams to compete at several different meets against teams from across the UK. The trip always concludes with the Transatlantic Series against Oxford and Cambridge.
On the women's side, Penn and Cornell combined to win all but one of the 19 events. The men had similar success, getting off to a fast start with victories by Penn athletes in four of the first five events. In all, Cornell and Penn won 16 of the 19 event titles.
For the Quakers, James Foreman won the pole vaulst at 4.90 meters and Tim Carey won the 400-meter hurdles in 53.91. John Carelli continued he winning trend with a victory in the high jump - surpassing 2.00 meters - and in the 800 meters, Darryll Oliver finished first with Penn teammate Brian Fulton finishing as the runner-up.
Also putting together some impressive performances at the meet in Oxford, Jeremy Sinclair won the high hurdles and Joe Ruzbarsky took second in the javelin. Fulton (49.51) and Oliver (50.06) ran the first two legs of the 4x400 relay and opened up a sizeable lead to allow for an easy victory.
Following the competition, each of the teams took part in a celbratory banquet at St. Hilda's College in Oxford where the winners were recognized and two brand new trophies commemorating the Penn/Cornell - Oxford/Cambridge series were awarded for the first time.
The Penn and Cornell track and field teams, which spent a little more than two weeks together abroad, head back to the states on Wednesday.