PHILADELPHIA – In their final tune-up for Heps, the University Pennsylvania men’s and women’s track and field teams make the short trip to compete in the Princeton Invitational on Sunday. The meet will begin at 11 a.m., with three different field events. The track races will start at 12:30 p.m., with trial hurdles.
The Quakers are coming off a pair of strong efforts at the Fastrack National Invite last weekend on Staten Island. The Quakers had three school records fall on the women’s side, while the men broke the school mark in the distance medley relay.
Taylor McCorkle kicked things off by upping her own school mark in the 60 meters. The junior darted to a time of 7.53, which was one-hundredth of a second faster than her previous record. Imani Solan shattered the school’s mark in the 200 with a time of 24.08, almost a 0.5 second faster than the previous record set by Shaunee Morgan in 2007. Ashley Montgomery captured the final women’s record, racing to a time of 4:41.26 in the mile, over five seconds faster than a school mark that has stood for over 30 years (Kate O’Hern, 1985).
The distance medley team of Thomas Awad, Jeff Wiseman, Elias Graca, and Chris Hatler registered a top time of 9:38.81, resetting a school mark that stood since 2005. The other distance events also offered success for the Quakers, as both Nick Tuck and Patrick Hally posted personal-bests in the 3,000. Tuck raced to the seventh-fastest time in the Penn record books with a time of 8:12.68, while Hally clocked a mark of 8:15.46 (No. 9 all-time).
The Quakers had similar success in the 5,000. Brendan Smith led the way with a second-place finish, placing behind just Evan Chiplock of Virginia. His time of 14:18.86 was also quick enough to put him second in Penn history. Brendan Shearn followed in 14:19.28, which puts him third all-time. Ross Wilson (5th), Chris Luciano (8th) and Kevin Monogue (10th) also finished in the top ten. Wilson’s time of 14:26.67 slots him fifth on the Quakers’ top-time list.
Following the trip to Princeton, the Quakers will head to Ithaca next weekend for the 2016 Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championships.