PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania track and field team will look to shore up times and results this weekend with Penn Relays and the Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Championships looming, splitting the team to meets at Princeton and Virginia. Women's sprint teams and hurdlers will highlight the field in Charlottesville, while it will be distance runners galore across the river in New Jersey. Evan Lee and Luke Knouse kicked the weekend off for the Quakers, competing in the Princeton Multi Event prior to the Larry Ellis Invitational in the decathlon, with Lee sitting in second placing heading into Friday's action.
The women of the Red and Blue have surged this outdoor season in nearly every facet of the sport. 26 new school top-10 records have tumbled down, highlighted by seven new school record marks. The women currently boast 12 student-athletes currently owning NCAA East Region qualifying times. Both 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams have set school records marks this year, while the quartet of Cecil Ene, Imani Solan, Mikayla Schneider and Elena Brown-Soler own a time of 3:37.94, ranking 21st in the NCAA East Region.
On the men's side, the Quakers have recorded 13 marks qualifying for the NCAA East Region Preliminaries, led by a top-five time from senior Chris Hatler in the 1,500m with a time of 3:42.89 at the Stanford Invitational. Freshman pole vaulter Sean Clarke brought the home crowd fans to their feet last time out at the Transatlantic Series, clearing a new personal record height of 5.20m, ranking 16th in the NCAA East Region.
The throws portion of field events has excelled this year for both the men and women, as freshman Maura Kimmel's toss of 48.43m in the discus is a new school-best, while in the hammer, Rachel Lee Wilson and Isis Trotman have traded off the school record mark, currently led by Wilson with a throw of 55.90m last weekend against Oxford/Cambridge. For the men, senior captain Noah Kennedy-White continues to lead the way, sitting 11th in the discus on the NCAA East side of things with a distance of 57.50 thrown at the Transatlantic Series.