PHILADELPHIA – The Penn Quakers ran toe-to-toe alongside the best track and field teams in the country as they kicked off the 122nd Penn Relays on Thursday in Philadelphia, Pa.
Despite the colder than average temperatures, Penn saw several terrific performances on Thursday as a crowd of 20,596 watched the hosts put on a show in the friendly confines of Franklin Field.
The Quaker quartet of Barbara Biney, Taylor McCorkle, Allysha Davis and Imani Solan got the Red and Blue off to a great start as they breezed to a second place finish in their 4x100 relay prelim heat, clocking a time of 46.45 for the sixth fastest time out of 86 teams in the qualifiers. They’ll compete for an infamous wagon wheel in the Championship of America final on Friday at 1 p.m.
The Penn harriers were also out in full force as part of Thursday’s Distance Classic that witnessed Kylene Cochrane move up in the record books to number nine all-time (16:33.00) in the women’s 5,000 meters. Cochrane crossed the finish line fifth overall as a slew of Red and Blue were featured in the heat; the Quakers placed three in the top-10 and six in the top-30 of the section.
On the men’s side in the 5,000 meters, Brendan Shearn led the Penn pack to place ninth all-time in the record books in a time of 14:13.20. That finish was good for 14th out of 66 competitors as eight Quakers were a part of three heats in the discipline.
Meanwhile, freshman Rachel Wilson impressed in the hammer college division with a toss of 49.74 meters. The mark tied her for fourth all-time at Penn and improved upon her previous best of 48.93 meters set last weekend at the Larry Ellis Invitational.
During the multi events on Wednesday, sophomore Luke Knouse finished fourth (6,219) in his first-ever decathlon to kick off the week of competition for the Quakers.
The Penn Relays continue on Friday and Saturday with the majority of the relays, including several more Championship of America races for the Red and Blue. 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 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: (PRELIM) 6-Biney, McCorkle, Davis, Solan (46.45)
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)
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)