PHILADELPHIA – The Penn men’s distance medley relay broke a 44-year old school record to highlight day two of track and field from the 122nd Penn Relays on Friday afternoon.
In an exciting race from start to finish, it was a total team effort that came down to the final lap as the Quakers placed third behind Penn State and Georgetown in the Championship of America race. Along with the podium finish, the Red and Blue broke a long-standing school record by over two seconds that was last set in 1972.
Chris Hatler (1,200m), Jeff Wiseman (400m), Elias Graca (800m) and Thomas Awad (1,600m) are the new school record holders as they pieced together a time of 9:37.25 to showcase the range of the team in the middle distances.
“I was really happy, we competed really well. All four legs really did their job. We said going into this we were going to try and win it and that was the goal,” said Penn Director of Track and Field Steve Dolan. “One of the cool things about today is that our record in the DMR has been here since 1972 and three of the four legs of the ’72 team were here to watch the guys run. That was a really cool thing for Penn Track and Field. It was a big breakthrough for the guys.”
The quartet executed well among a field of elite competition. Hatler separated from the pack in the opening leg along with Villanova and Georgetown while Wiseman followed and closed with a strong 150 down the stretch in the 400 meter segment. Graca kept right on pace in the 800 while Awad made his move with 450 to go to break from the leaders. The miler closed hard in the anchor leg with a sub-56 final lap to give the Quakers a chance, but PSU’s Brannon Kidder broke away on the final straightaway for the win.
Awad posted a 4:01.25 split while Hatler (2:57.81), Wiseman (46.82) and Graca (1:51.20) all had impressive individual legs.
Junior William Bishop also had a stellar day on the throwing fields, tossing a career-best 17.14 meters in the shot put. The throw moves him up one spot to fourth-all time in the Penn record books and gives him an NCAA East qualifying mark pending results from meets across the country this weekend.
On the women’s side in the Championship of America 4x100, the Quakers executed for an eighth place finish in 46.39. Barbara Biney, Taylor McCorkle, Allysha Davis and Imani Solan repeated their team effort from the preliminary heat on Thursday for a solid showing in the elite final.
On the first day of competition, the Quakers posted three all-time top 10 marks and the distance specialists were front and center as 17 student-athletes competed during the annual Distance Classic. A full recap of those events are here.
The Penn Relays continue on Saturday with several more Championship events for the Red and Blue on the final day of competition. For a complete schedule of events in which the Quakers will be participating, click here.
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Penn Women at the Penn Relays
Discus: 25-Hojnacki (37.08m)
Hammer: 15-Wilson (49.74m)
High Jump: 6-Malizia (1.67m)
Javelin: 22-Sesink-Clee (37.56m)
Javelin Championship: 8-Hay (43.42m)
Long Jump: 27-Jiang (5.34m), 29-Berger (5.30m), 31-Miller (5.28m)
Shot Put: 37-Hojnacki (10.61m)
4x100: 6-Biney, McCorkle, Davis, Solan (46.45)
4x100 CoA: 8-Biney, McCorkle, Davis, Solan (46.39)
4x200: 13-McCorkle, Hlatky, Hennig, Solan (1:38.89)
3,000m Steeplechase Championship: 4-Darlington (10:25.62)
5,000m Championship: 5-Cochrane (16:33.00), 9-Gensib (16:42.31),
10-Cla. Whiting (16:44.69), 16-Hong (16:59.28),
27-Griffith (17:00.99), 29-Ryan (17:10.23)
Penn Men at the Penn Relays
Decathlon: 4-Knouse (6,219)
Discus: 19-Cioffi (41.34m)
High Jump:15-Pitt (1.96m), 18-Kirk (1.96m)
Pole Vault: 11-Benz (4.55m)
Shot Put: 2-Bishop (17.14m)
110m Hurdles: 19-Bowers (14.92)
4x100: 54-Bowers, Fitzgerald, Whiteneck, Duchow (43.67)
4x400: 32-Mangini, Magaha, Fitzgerald, Finch (3:17.13)
DMR CoA: 3-Hatler, Wiseman, Graca, Awad (9:37.25)
3,000m Steeplechase Championship: 3-Smith (8:56.00), 6-Wilson (9:03.36)
5,000m Championship: 14-Shearn (14:13.20), 17-Shurtleff (14:15.91),
24-Luciano (14:26.63), 31-Monogue (14:32.03),
39-Webb, S. (14:35.78), 47-Wistar (14:40.18),
56-Hally (14:55.54), 65-Webb, K. (15:15.15)