Track and Field Leaps to Lehigh Saturday

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PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s track and field teams will travel back to Lehigh this weekend for the Angry Birds Invitational at Rauch Fieldhouse. In addition to the host Hawks, Penn will be competing against Winthrop, Monmouth, and Saint Joseph’s. The Quakers, who participated in their first meet of the season at Lehigh back in December, will see their first action of 2016 on Saturday.

In their first meet of the season, the Red and Blue put together some promising performances for the months ahead. On the women’s side, three Quakers achieved top-ten program marks. Freshman Nicole Macco was especially impressive in her Penn debut, as she took home the pole vault title. The freshman registered a mark of 3.75 meters, which ranks third in program history.

Sophomore Taylor McCorkle picked up where she left off after an impressive freshman season, winning the 60 meters. She darted to a top mark of 7.59, narrowly edging teammate Imani Solan. Solan placed second in the event with a time of 7.66, which ranks No. 6 in Penn history. McCorkle holds the program's all-time record with a time of 7.54.

The final top-ten effort came from freshman Rachel Wilson (No. 6), who tossed 15.81 meters in the weight throw. She finished second in the event.

On the men’s side, Sam Mattis earned a pair of triumphs for the Quakers. The senior national champion tossed his way to the shot put and weight throw titles, finishing with throws of 16.47 meters and 18.25 meters respectively.

Jeff Wiseman also picked up where he left off in 2015, winning the 500-meters crown. The sophomore led the way for a 1-2-3 finish for Penn, crossing the finish line in 1:06.27. Freshman Ryan Finch placed second for the Red and Blue (1:06.29), while Junior Clark Mangini (1:06.79) rounded out the impressive effort.

The 1,000 meters was also a strong event for Penn, as freshman Elias Graca and sophomore James Buser tallied a 1-2 finish. Graca snagged the title with a time of 2:32.39, while Buser clocked a mark of 2:34.20.

A pair of other events finished 1-2 for the Quakers, with two Penn squads placing atop the 4 x 400 relay and Mike Benz and John Li impressing on pole vault. The top relay team finished with a time of 3:24.42, and the second-place squad crossed the finish line in 3:25.64.

Benz and Li ended up tying for the top mark on pole vault, with a height of 4.50 meters.

Saturday’s meet will begin with the field events at 10 a.m, and track events at 11 a.m.