PRINCETON, N.J. – In the final tune-up prior to the Indoor Heps Championships next weekend in Ithaca, the University of Pennsylvania track and field squads continued the momentum at the Princeton Invitational on Sunday.
On a day focused on staying sharp prior to the looming Ivies, it was the throws team that led the way for Penn. Rachel Wilson continued her red-hot freshman season on the women’s side by upping her own school mark in the weight throw for the third time this season. En route to winning the event, she registered a toss 17.25 meters (56-07.25). Wilson's progression this season has been marvelous, originally breaking the Penn record in mid-January at the Angry Birds Invitational (16.81.).
Also on the women’s side, senior Serena Graf registered a season best in the shot put. She finished second in the event, posting a mark of 13.11 meters (43-00.25).
For the men, it was who else but Sam Mattis leading the charge. The senior All-American stretched his personal record in the shot put with a toss of 16.98 meters (55-8.50), which also ranks second in the Penn record books.
Mattis followed that up with another career best in the weight toss, recording a throw of 18.53 meters (60-9.5). Noah Kennedy-White joined his teammate with a personal best of his own, tallying a mark of 17.77 meters (58-3.75). Those scores are also strong enough to rank in the top ten in Penn history, coming in at No. 5 and No. 9 respectively.
Other top performances came in the form of three other first-place finishes for both the men and women. Sophomore Candace Taylor dominated the 60-meter dash, while classmate Kylene Cochrane raced to the 10K crown. Senior Elyssa Gensib was the final victor for the women, taking the title in the mile run.
The Quakers also posted the top times in the 10K and mile on the men’s side. Kurt Convey and Thomas Connelly went 1-2 in the mile, while Kirk Webb led the way in a 1-4 finish for Penn in the 1,000.
Freshman Calvary Rogers added to his impressive debut season by winning the 200 meters.
The Quakers will head to Cornell next weekend to compete in the 2016 Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, which begin on Saturday at 11 a.m.