PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania track and field programs are set to continue one of the oldest series of international meets in the world, hosting the Cornell, Oxford University and Cambridge University for the Transatlantic Series on Saturday, April 15 at historic Franklin Field. Field events are slated to begin at 10 a.m. while races start at 11 a.m.
The Transatlantic Series traces its origins to 1894, when Oxford defeated Yale by five and a half events to three and a half in London, whereas the following year Yale beat Cambrige 8-3 in New York. The Cornell Big Red joined the series in 1921, combining with Princeton from then until 1950 before the University of Pennsylvania joined in 1953.
This weekend marks the 28th in the current series involving Penn and Cornell. The series operates on a four-year cycle and is the first since the Quakers and Big Red visited the Achilles team in 2014.
Heading into the Transatlantic Series, the women's side currently features 16 representatives in the top-50 of the NCAA East Region. In track events, the relay teams have stolen the show this season as Cecil Ene, Imani Solan, Mikayla Schneider and Elena Brown-Soler sit 16th in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:37.94, while Barbara Biney, Taylor McCorkle, Solan and Brown-Soler own a time of 45.27 in the 4x100m relay, good for 30th. Penn is well represented on the distance side of events, as senior Ashley Montgomery is slotted 17th in the 5,000m with a time of 16:14.17 at the Stanford Invitational, while also ranking 28th in the 1,500m. Cleo Whiting currently ranks 22nd in the 10,000m at 34:09.65. A trio freshmen from the Red and Blue occupy rankings in the 800m, led by Nia Akins at 24th and Schneider at 30th. Fellow rookie Tia Livingston owns the 40th-best time in the 400m hurdles.
On the field, sophomore Anna Peyton Malizia leaped to a height of 1.73m in the high jump at the Penn Challenge, holding strong for 22nd in the East Region. Both Lisa Sesink-Clee and Maura Kimmel boast top-50 marks in the javelin and discus respectively.
The men currently boast 12 times that rank in the top-50 of the NCAA East Region in their respective events. Senior Chris Hatler leads the way with a No. 2 ranking in the 1,500m from the Stanford Invitational, owning a time of 3:42.89. A trio of Quakers hold strong in the 10,000m, including Kevin Monogue (24th - 29:25.96), Brendan Shearn (29th - 29:36.46) and Chris Luciano (47th - 30:11.39). Freshman Anthony Okolo has made a splash in the 400m hurdles with a time of 52.82 seconds at the Penn Challenge, ranking 29th in the East Region, while sophomore Calvary Rogers sits 37th in the 200m at 21.18 seconds. Senior Nick Tuck rounds out the track events, currently holding a top-50 time in the 5,000m.
In men's field events senior captain Noah Kennedy-White leads the way with two top-50 placements, including a No. 22 ranking in the discus throw with a distance of 54.72m at the Florida Relays. Freshman Sean Clarke ranks 25th in the pole vault with a height of 5.07m and is the third-rated rookie in the East Region. Juniors Mike Monroe and Sean Ryan look to improve upon their current standings in the high jump and hammer throw respectively entering the weekend.