Outdoor Season Opens for Women's Track & Field

Updated Outdoor Record Book

PHILADELPHIA - With the weather warming up nationwide and the ushering of a new Spring commencing soon, it’s perfect timing for the University of Pennsylvania’s women’s track and field team to open its 2012 outdoor season in Winston-Salem, N.C. for the Wake Forest Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

The first events begin at 9:30 a.m. on Friday with the hammer throw, while the running events begin at 1 p.m. with the 100-meter hurdles. The first day of competition completes after the 10,000 meters at 7:05 p.m. Saturday's festivities begin at 9:30 a.m., with the javelin and will conclude with the 4x400-meter relay at 4:35 p.m.

In their last time out, the Quakers wrapped up the 2011-12 indoor campaign at the ECAC Championships and finished 39th out of 50 teams. Senior Victoria Strickland and the 4x800-meter relay team scored and earned All-East honors for the team. Strickland’s time in the preliminaries, 2:08.82, was the best indoor mark of her career and the third-best in the history of the program.

Penn kicked off its outdoor campaign last year with the Wake Forest Invitational, where then-sophomore Leslie Kovach broke a school record that had stood for 26 years in the 10,000 meters with a blistering 35:21.20 time, almost one full minute ahead of Chris Bauer’s previous high of 36:12.44, also good enough for the second-fastest time in the nation.

A full recap of the meet will be available at PennAthletics.com shortly after the completion of the day's events.