PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s track and field teams will travel to Staten Island on Saturday to compete in the Villanova Invitational at the Ocean Breeze Track and Field Complex.
Last Time(s) Out
Both Penn squads are coming off encouraging performances at Navy’s Wesley A. Brown Invitational last weekend. The women's day was especially impressive, highlighted by a pair of program records being broken.
Two weeks after breaking the Penn record in just her second collegiate meet, freshman Rachel Wilson was at it again. The rookie thrower upped her own mark in the weight throw with a toss of 17.23 meters. Not to be outdone, classmate Nicole Macco also registered a new Quakers’ record in the pole vault. The rookie exploding her way to a height of 3.86 meters, topping Samantha Crook’s (2005) previous mark of 3.81 meters.
Another rookie who put forth a nice day at Navy was Imani Solan. Solan raced to her first title in the Red and Blue, winning the gold in the 200. Her time of 24.53 was also good enough to become the second-quickest mark in Penn history.
On the men’s side, senior Sam Mattis opened the day by recording a personal record in the weight throw. En route to finishing second in the event, Mattis improved upon his fifth-best score in Penn history with a toss of 18.41 meters.
Mike Monroe was one of three Quakers to notch wins last Saturday, leaping his way to a high-jump crown. He led the way in a 1-2-3 finish for the Quakers, registering a score of 2.04 meters. Ian Kirk and Thomas Pitt followed in second and third place, respectively.
Freshman Calvary Rogers was another victor at Navy, racing to the 200 crown. Rogers darted to a time of 22.10, which ranks as the ninth-best in Penn history.
The Quakers also posted the fastest time in the 4x400 relay. The squad of Jeff Wiseman, Kory Fitzgerald, Elias Graca, and Drew Magaha crossed the finish line in 3:20.61.
Following the Nova Invite, Penn will be right back at the Ocean Breeze Complex next weekend for the Fastrack National Invite.