Track and Field Readies for Trip to Navy

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PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s track and field teams will travel to Annapolis, Md. this weekend for the Wesley A. Brown Invitational at Navy’s Wesley A. Brown Field House. In addition to the Midshipmen, the Quakers will face off against The Citadel, Georgetown, Morgan State, and Maryland-Eastern Shore. After a week off thanks to winter storm Jonas, the Red and Blue look to continue a solid start to their 2016 campaign this weekend.

In Penn’s last meet at the Angry Birds Invitational, the women’s squad totaled 142 points -- finishing second only to Monmouth. The highlight of the meet, however, came from freshman Rachel Wilson. Competing in just her second collegiate meet, Wilson broke Penn’s all-time weight-throw record with a toss of 16.81 meters. Wilson’s mark was a full meter further than her throw at December’s Lehigh Invitational. The Quakers’ previous program best was held by Yinka Oridiya in 2001 (16.65 meters).

Clarissa Whiting and Cleo Whiting also put together record-breaking efforts last time out. On the way to finishing 1-2 in the 3,000, the sisters notched the two best times in the history of Lehigh’s Rauch Fieldhouse. Clarissa topped the field with a time of 9:49.86, while Cleo finished with a mark of 9:50.23.

Other individual winners for Penn included sophomore Taylor McCorkle (60 meters), junior Carey Celata (400 meters) and freshman Nicole Macco (pole vault).

Although the Quakers are still easing their way into 2016, the Quakers were still strong on the men’s side -- especially in the distance events. Sophomore Patrick Hally led the way in a 1-2-3 finish for Penn, registering a top time of 4:18.75. He was joined on the podium by senior Brendan Smith (4:19.23) and freshman Sam Webb (4:19.96). It was more of the same in the 3,000 meters, this time a 1-2 showing from Chris Hatler (8:29.59) and Clark Shurtleff (8:34.50).

Penn notched another victory with Mike Benz, who recorded a top mark of 4.57 meters in the pole vault.

Saturday’s meet will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the field events, and continue with the track events at 11:30 a.m. Live results for Saturday's meet can be found HERE.