Track and Field Shatters School Records, Boasts 25 NCAA Qualifiers


PHILADELPHIA -
In a season that has already seen a combined 13 new school records fall, the University of Pennsylvania men's and women's track and field programs kept the trend going, sending 25 qualifiers to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, set to begin next week in Lexington, Ky. The 25 qualified Quakers shatter the previous school record of 16, as Penn is set to appear in 19 total events at the NCAA East Preliminary Round, May 25-27.  

The Quakers have set or matched the school record for NCAA qualifiers in each of the five years under Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Steve Dolan. In his first season at the helm, Penn sent a program-high 11 individuals to the NCAA's, followed by 14 in 2014 and 16 in both 2015 and 2016. In addition, this year's 12 women's qualifiers nearly doubles the previous high of seven, while the 13 men is also a new program record.

For the men, Nick Tuck (steeplechase), Chris Hatler (1,500) and Mike Monroe (high jump) all head to NCAA's for the third-straight year. Hatler enters prelims with the 10th ranked time in the East Region in his event, and ran an even faster, non-qualifying time of 3:39.08 at Swarthmore earlier this week in a stacked field of competition. 

Senior Brendan Shearn qualified in the 10,000m for the fourth-straight year, joined in the field by sophomore Kevin Monogue. Sophomore Calvary Rogers will compete in the 200m for the second-straight year for Penn. Junior Chris Luciano will appear for the first time, taking part in the 5,000m.

Senior captain Noah Kennedy-White also heads to NCAA's for a third-straight time, after earning Honorable Mention All-America honors as a sophomore in discus. Kennedy-White currently boasts the 19th best throw among qualifiers in the East Region. Fellow throwers William Bishop (shot put), Sean Ryan (hammer) and Sam Kaplan (javelin) will all also represent the Red and Blue. 

A pair of freshmen will compete for the men in Sean Clarke in pole vault, who's season-best clearance was a height of 5.21m, and Colin Daly, who will join Tuck in the steeplechase. 

Out of the 15 women who will make the trip to NCAA's, five are freshman, including Maddie Villalba (800), Nia Akins (800), Maura Kimmel (discus) and 75 percent of the 4x400m relay team: Cecil EneMikayla Schneider and Elena Brown-Soler. The relay team is the first ever outdoor relay squad to qualify for NCAA's for the women. 

Junior Taylor McCorkle will compete for the second-straight year, while making her first appearance in the 100m, 

Ashley Montgomery has qualified for NCAA's all four years of college, set to compete in the 5,000m for the second time in prelims. Clarissa Whiting will join Montgomery in the event, making her second appearance, while sister Cleo Whiting will don the Red and Blue in the 10,000 for her second East Region appearance. 

A pair of pole vaulters made the field in Molly Minnig and Nicole Macco who own the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in Penn history after performances this season. Joining them in field events is Anna Peyton Malizia in the high jump, Lisa Sesink-Clee in the javelin for the third time, and Kimmel in discus. 

The top-48 marks in each event qualify (24 for relay events) for each of the NCAA Preliminary Rounds (East and West). In each event, the top 12 finishers from the East Preliminary and the top 12 from the West will advance to compete in the finals of the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., June 7-10. 

The start lists for the NCAA East Preliminary Round will be released by the NCAA on Tuesday, May 23 with action kicking off on Thursday, May 25 in the Bluegrass State.

Penn NCAA Qualifiers
Men:
Calvary Rogers (200 - 20.91)
Chris Hatler (1,500 - 3:42.89)
Nick Tuck (Steeplechase - 8:54.14)
Colin Daly (Steeplechase - 9:00.66)
Chris Luciano (5,000 - 14:11.28)
Kevin Monogue (10,000 - 29:25.96)
Brendan Shearn (10,000 - 29:36.46)
Mike Monroe (High Jump - 2.10m)
Sean Clarke (Pole Vault - 5.21m)
Billy Bishop (Shot Put - 17.41m)
Noah Kennedy-White (Discus - 57.50m)
Sean Ryan (Hammer - 62.41m)
Sam Kaplan (Javelin - 64.48m)

Women:
Taylor McCorkle (100 - 11.52)
Maddie Villalba (800 - 2:07.94)
Nia Akins (800 - 2:08.07)
Ashley Montgomery (5,000 - 16:14.17)
Clarissa Whiting (5,000 - 16:20.72)
Cleo Whiting (10,000 - 34:09.65)
Cecil Ene, Imani Solan, Mikayla Schneider, Elena Brown-Soler (4x400 - 3:37.94)
Anna Peyton Malizia (High Jump - 1.73m)
Molly Minnig (Pole Vault - 4.07m)
Nicole Macco (Pole Vault - 4.02m)
Maura Kimmel (Discus - 49.70m)
Lisa Sesink-Clee (Javelin - 45.26m)

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