Track & Field Earns 11 Wins in 2015 Opener

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BETHLEHEM - In the opening meet of 2015 for the University of Pennsylvania track and field teams, the Quakers celebrated 11 victories at the Angry Birds Invitational on Saturday.

As a team, the men finished second at the meet with 132 points. That was just ahead of the host Mountain Hawks (130) and only behind Monmouth's 179. The women finished third with 131 points, just behind Lehigh (136) and Monmouth (143).

Sam Mattis won the men's weight throw with the eighth-best toss in school history. The junior launched his way up the record book on his fifth toss (17.63m), but bettered that on his final throw which landed at 17.71 meters (58 feet, 1 1/4 inches). It was nearly two feet better than any other competitor and was the best toss for any Penn man since Matt Pagliosotti in 2000.Mattis was also second in the shot put with a toss of 16.58 meters (54-04.75 ft.).

The Penn women finished 1-2 in the 60 meters. Freshman Taylor McCorkle has now won the event in each of her first two collegiate meets. She earned the victory with a time of 7.63, and was closely followed by classmateBarbara Biney (7.71).

Biney was also the runner-up to another Penn teammate in the 200 meters as the Quakers claimed the top four spots--three from freshmen. Candace Taylor sprinted to victory in 25.54, while Biney was second at 25.88. Junior Taylor Hennig was third (26.39) and Kenton Neel was fourth (26.76).

Freshman Jeff Wiseman, who won the men's 500 meters in his collegiate debut, earned another individual victory with a winning time of 49.02 in the 400 meters at Rauch Fieldhouse.

In the women's mile, sophomore Ashley Montgomery was the only runner to break the five-minute barrier with a time of 4:59.55. That narrowly beat out freshman teammate Abby Hong (5:01.32) and sophomore Carey Celata (5:01.88).

The Whiting sisters finished first and second in the 3,000 meters. Cleo earned the win with a time of 9:51.47, and Clarissa was the runner-up at 10:00.27.

The men and women each earned two more victories in the field events.

In the men's pole vault, junior John Li cleared 4.40 meters (14-05.25 ft) to win the event and match a career best. He did so on his first attempt to earn the win via tiebreaker. Freshman Jordan Palmer added another win for the men in the triple jump. His first leap was his best at 14.64 meters (48-00.50 ft.).

Junior Serena Graf won the shot put. Her second toss of 12.78 meters (41-11.25 ft.) was tops on the afternoon. Senior Jenny Thompson added to Penn's win total with the best leap in the triple jump. Her fifth jump propelled her into the lead and remained the best at the meet at 11.33 meters (37-02.25 ft.).

In the 4x400, Penn was the only women's relay to finish under four minutes with a winning time of 3:54.23, while the men'sfoursome finished second with a time of 3:20.86.

Also for the men, freshmanMike Monroeand juniorThomas Pitteach cleared 2.04 meters (6 feet, 8 1/4 inches) in the high jump to finish second and third, respectively. In the mile, Clark Shurtleff was second (4:15.12) and Chris Hatler was third (4:15.84). On the women's side, Nailah Hill was second in the weight throw with a throw of 14.58 meters (47-10 ft.).

Next Saturday, the Quakers head to the Princeton Invitational.