Track & Field Boasts Four Outdoor Heps Champions

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PRINCETON – A new meet record, four individual champions, and eight top-10 marks in Penn history highlighted the 2016 Outdoor Track and Field Heptagonal Championships held in Princeton, N.J. on Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8th.

The Penn men finished third with 79 points, matching their finish from the 2015 outing, while the Quaker women were seventh overall with 47 points.

Kelsey Hay and Nick Tuck each claimed individual Heps championships on the second day of action at Weaver Stadium as they bested the field in the javelin and steeplechase. With her win, Hay became a three-time Heps Outdoor championship while Tuck also claimed his second-straight Ivy title in the steeplechase. They joined Sam Mattis and Thomas Pitt who were individual winners on Saturday.

The Quakers dominated in the women’s javelin behind the seasoned experience of Hay, Serena Graf and Lisa Sesink-Clee. The women finished 1-5-6 in the event for 13 team points as the trio posted marks of 46.52, 40.05 and 39.79 meters, respectively.

Sophomore Taylor McCorkle continued her outstanding spring season with a triple showing in the 100, 200 and 4x100 meter relays on Sunday where she was a part of two top-10 marks all-time in school history. In the 200 meters, McCorkle tied a school record in 23.96 and returned for the 4x100 relay with Barbara Biney, Allysha Davis and Imani Solan where they posted the third-best time in the Penn record books in 46.13 for a third place finish.

The dynamic duo of Nick Tuck and Brendan Smith gave the Quakers a great start to the running events in the steeplechase, finishing 1-2 in the event to claim 18 team points for the Red and Blue. Tuck nabbed his second-straight Heps Outdoor Championship with the finish as he crossed the line in 8:46.28 for the win. Along with Smith, the two broke from the pack with 1,200 meters to go and battled it out over the bell lap as the Quakers showed their dominance over the Ivy League in the discipline. Smith also earned a personal best in the event by finishing in 8:49.28, topping his previous top mark by just over four seconds and moving up in the Penn record books to fifth all-time.

Senior Sam Mattis returned for another great day in the shot put where he tossed a personal best throw of 17.29 meters, good for third place and six team points. The throw also shifted the Penn record books as he moved from ninth to third all-time in the school standings. Also performing well in the shot put was junior Billy Bishop as he finished fifth overall with a throw of 16.95 meters. Combined, the two claimed eight points in the team standings in the discipline.

Also scoring on the second day for the men were Ben Bowers (110 meter hurdles), Jeff Wiseman (400 meters), Drew Magaha (800 meters), Chris Hatler (1,500 meters), Mike Monroe (high jump), Ian Kirk (high jump), Luke Knouse (decathlon) and the 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams.

The women saw point scorers on Sunday from Kelsey Hay, Serena Graf, Lisa Sesink-Clee (javelin), Taylor McCorkle (100, 200 meters), Imani Solan (200 meters), Ashley Montgomery (1,500 meters), Amy Darlington (steeplechase) and the 4x100, 4x400 and 4x800 meter relay teams.

On the first day of competition, seniors Sam Mattis and Thomas Pitt earned individual titles in the discus and long jump while several others put in solid performances. In addition to the individual titles, Noah Kennedy-White (discus), Brendan Shearn (10,000 meters), Rachel Wilson (hammer) and Emily Jiang (long jump) all posted points for the Quakers while four others earned top-10 marks in school history.

Postseason track and field continues next weekend as the Quakers head to the 2016 Outdoor IC4A/ECAC Championships in Princeton, N.J. That will mark the last chance for marks and times before the NCAA selections are made.

Final Men’s Team Standings
1. Cornell – 211
2. Princeton – 157
3. Penn – 79
4. Brown – 58
5. Dartmouth – 51
T6. Yale – 46
T6. Harvard – 46
8. Columbia – 34

Penn Men’s Scored Results
Long Jump: 1-Pitt (7.29m)
Discus: 1-Mattis (62.45m); 2-Kennedy-White (56.18m)
Shot Put: 3-Mattis (17.29m); 5-Bishop (16.95m)
High Jump: 2-Monroe (2.11m); 6-Kirk (2.05m)
110mh: 2-Bowers (14.24)
400m: 5-Wiseman (47.80)
800m: 6-Magaha (1:51.76)
1,500m: 5-Hatler (3:57.86)
Steeplechase: 1-Tuck (8:46.28); 2-Smith (8:49.28)
10,000m: 6-Shearn (30:01.41)
4x400: 5-Wiseman, Finch, Fitzgerald, Magaha (3:15.00)
4x800: 6-Mangini, Hatler, Novak, Graca (7:30.20)
Decathlon: 6-Knouse (6,182)

Final Women’s Team Standings
1. Harvard - 160
2. Princeton - 139
3. Cornell - 107
4. Columbia - 85
5. Dartmouth - 81
6. Brown - 51
7. Penn - 47
8. Yale -12

Penn Women’s Scored Results
Hammer: 4-Wilson (50.61m)
Long Jump: 6-Jiang (5.51m)
Javelin: 1-Hay (46.52m); 5-Graf (40.05m); 6-Sesink-Clee (39.79m)
100m: 3-McCorkle (11.82)
200m: 3-McCorkle (23.96); 5-Solan (24.25)
1,500m: 6-Montgomery (4:26.28)
Steeplechase: 4-Darlington (10:29.75)
4x100m: 3-Biney, McCorkle, Davis, Solan (46.13)
4x400m: 5-McCorkle, Solan, Hlatky, Hennig (3:45.43)
4x800m: 5-Celata, Montgomery, Alm, Wurth (8:52.72)