Track and Field Completes Day One of #IvyHeps

ITHACA, N.Y. – A pair of school records, along with numerous top-ten marks highlighted Day One of the 2016 Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championships for the University of Pennsylvania track and field teams. With the majority of the finals to be featured on Sunday, the Quakers are set up nicely to climb the standings.

The Quakers began the day strong, putting points on the board in the men’s weight throw. Sam Mattis led the way with a fourth-place finish, while Noah Kennedy-White placed fifth. Mattis put together a PR toss of 18.59 meters, improving a mark that had already ranked fifth in the Penn record books. Kennedy-White also recorded a top-ten distance, moving from sixth to ninth all-time with a throw of 18.42 meters.

In another final on the men’s side, Thomas Awad and Nick Tuck picked up points in the 3,000. Awad, who was the meet’s Most Outstanding Track Athlete a year ago, place fourth (8:09.95). Tuck followed in fifth place, clocking a time of 8:14.

In addition to the four point-scorers, Penn had several student-athletes perform well enough to advance to finals on Sunday. In the 500, Jeff Wiseman grabbed first in his heat to automatically qualify for the final, while Drew Magaha raced to an advancing time of 1:05.42.

A pair of Quakers also earned bids into the final of tomorrow’s 800-meter race. Freshman Elias Graca and sophomore James Buser tallied respective times of 1:53.87 and 1:54.37, and each will look for points on Sunday.

In the 1,000, Kirk Webb and Joe Novak went 2-3 in their heat to qualify for the finals. Webb clocked in at (2:29.21), while Novak followed with a mark of (2:29.47).

Freshman Calvary Rogers continued his impressive debut season by advancing to his first-ever Heps final in the 200. The rookie was especially impressive in the final 100, closing fast to record a time of 22.02.

On the women’s side, it was two school records that ruled the day. Taylor McCorkle (60m) and Rachel Wilson (weight throw) each upped their own Penn marks on Saturday.

McCorkle advanced to Sunday’s final by way of an all-time mark of 7.50, while Wilson finished third in the weight throw with a toss of 59'5" (18.11m). It is the fourth time this season that Wilson has reset the Quakers’ weight-throw record.

Freshman Imani Solan also impressed in the 60, darting to personal-best mark of 7.57. She sits behind just McCorkle on the Quakers’ all-time list.

Nicole Macco was the other Quaker (along with Wilson) to earn points for the Quakers, as she placed fourth in the pole vault. The freshman exploded to a mark of 12’ 5.50” (3.80m).

Ella Wurth climbed to No. 3 in Penn history in the 1,000. The junior crossed the finish line in 2:49.47, which was fast enough to qualify for tomorrow’s final.

Taylor Hennig will also be in action in a final, thanks to a time of 58.374 in the 400. The senior closed nicely over the final 100 meters to capture a slot in Championship Sunday.

The Red and Blue showed off the depth in the mile run, registering three qualifiers for the finals. Ashley Montgomery (4:54.47), Amy Darlington (4:54.54), and Kylene Cochrane (4:57.61) will all look to make their mark in the mile final.

The remaining field events will kick off Championship Sunday at 11 a.m., and will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network beginning at approximately 11:45. The men’s mile will begin the running events at noon. The top eight of each event advance past preliminaries, and the top-six finishers will score in the finals on Sunday.

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