PHILADELPHIA - Last weekend will be hard to match as the University of Pennsylvania men's and women's track and field teams posted some of the best performances in school history at the Armory. But the Quakers look to continue to raise the bar as they head to the annual Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup at Penn State on Friday and Saturday.
The meet is set to begin on Friday with several field events, including the weight throw and long jump. Track events begin at 5 p.m., and run through the women's 60 meters at 8:45 p.m. Saturday's events will begin with the men's pole vault and shot put at 11 a.m., and the first event on the track will be the men's mile at 12:30 p.m. The meet is set to conclude after the women's 4x400-meter relay at 3:45 p.m.
The Quakers are carrying a lot of momentum into State College, Pa. The Red and Blue stripes had a historic weekend at the Armory a week ago.JuniorThomas Awadbroke a 42-year-old school record as he andthe rest of the Quakers shined against the top competition the nation had to offer. A full recap of Awad's record-setting run and a plethora of all-time 10 performances can be found here.
Last year at this meet,thePenn men finished fourth with 71 points, and the Penn women were fifth with 65 points. Then-senior MaalikReynolds broke his own school record in the high ump when he surpassed 2.24 meters (7 feet, 4 1/4 inches) to win the event. Also in the high jump,Noel Jancewiczaccomplished something no Penn woman had done in 19 years. She became the first Quaker since Tiffany Archer in 1995 to clear the bar at 1.72 meters (5-07.75 ft.). That placed her as the runner-up and moved herinto sixth-place all-time at Penn in the indoor high jump. In the weight throw,Sam Mattisbecame just the ninth man in school history to surpass 17 meters in the event, whileSerena Grafmoved into sixth-place in the Penn women's record book.
A full recap will be available at PennAthletics.com following the conclusion of the meet.