PRINCETON, N.J. – Senior Sam Mattis earned his second IC4A title and sophomore Taylor McCorkle set a school record in the 200 meters as the Quakers highlighted a weekend of terrific performances for the University of Pennsylvania at the ECAC and IC4A Championships in Princeton, N.J.
In the team standings, the Quaker women matched their point total from a year ago as they finished the meet with 33 points for a sixth-place finish out of 52 competing schools. The men were 12th out of 47 teams and combined for 25 points.
With her record-breaking finish in the 200 meter sprint where she crossed the finish line in 23.78 seconds, sophomore Taylor McCorkle is now the sole owner of both school records in the 100 and 200 meters sprints. McCorkle breezed through the preliminary rounds in both the 100 and 200 meters and earned silver in both disciplines during the finals on Sunday. In the 100 meters, McCorkle placed second in 11.88 seconds and she matched that finish in the 200 final where she became the outright owner of the school record which McCorkle previously shared with Kali Strother.
Teammate Imani Solan was also a solid performer for the Quakers in the 200 meters, finishing in seventh in 24.23 seconds. The duo combined for 18 points over the weekend to help Penn in the team standings.
On the men’s side, senior Sam Mattis and junior Noah Kennedy-White repeated their 1-2 finish from last weekend at the 2016 Heps Championships as the duo once again earned gold and silver in the discus, this time at IC4A’s. Mattis claimed his second career IC4A title with his throw of 61.32 (201-02) meters while Kennedy-White was right behind him for second place with a toss of 55.75 meters (182-11).
Sophomore Ross Wilson also recorded a top-10 time in school history in the steeplechase in 8:58.83. The mark places him No. 9 all-time at Penn as he put in a personal best with the performance and also earned a point in the team standings his with eighth-place finish.
Sophomore Mike Monroe also earned points for the Quakers in the high jump where he placed third. Monroe’s mark of 2.09 meters (6-10.25) was good for bronze as he claimed his second-straight podium finish in the event at IC4A’s: last year as a freshman he was the high jump champion.
On Friday evening as part of the distance classic, the Quaker harriers of Elyssa Gensib, Clarissa Whiting and Abby Hong were strong performers for Penn in the 5,000 meter run. The trio were all in the top-10 in the discipline as Gensib led the way to claim second place in 16:58.02. Whiting and Hong crossed the finish line in fifth and eighth place, respectively, as the Quakers earned 13 team points for their performances.
Rounding out the Penn scorers for the weekend was junior Carey Celata in the 800 meter run. Celata finished eighth in the preliminary heat in 2:10.72 and returned on Sunday in the event final to claim seventh place in 2:12.42 for two team points.
Next up for the Quakers are the NCAA Championships and the East Regionals set to take place in Jacksonville, Fla. Thursday, May 26th through Saturday, May 28th. The top-48 individuals in each event qualify for the preliminary rounds and will be announced later this week.
TEAM FINISH: 6-(33pts)
Prelim 100m: 1-McCorkle (11.87)
Semi 100m: 2-McCorkle (11.81)
Final 100m: 2-McCorkle (11.88)
Prelim 200m: 3-McCorkle (24.03); 8-Solan (24.13)
Final 200m: 2-McCorkle (23.78); 7-Solan (24.23)
Prelim 100h: 9-Barnes (14.44)
Semi 100h: 13-Barnes (14.50)
Prelim 800m: 8-Celata (2:10.72)
Final 800m: 7-Celata (2:12.42)
5000m: 2-Gensib (16:58.02); 5-Cla. Whiting (17:15.22); 8-Hong (17:23.88)
Discus: 22-Wilson (39.41m)
Javelin: 11-Hay (41.49m); 14-Sesink-Clee (39.15m)
Pole Value: 16-Macco (3.56m)
TEAM FINISH: 12-(25pts)
Prelim 800m: 8-Wiseman (1:52.01); 15-Graca (1:52.61); 17-Mangini (1:52.68); 54-Magaha (2:03.16)
Prelim 1500m: 19-Naff (3:52.74); 32-Novak (3:58.75)
5000m: 18-Wistar (14:43.43)
Steeplechase: 8-Wilson (8:58.83)
Discus: 1-Mattis (61.32m); 2-Kennedy-White (55.75m); 24-Cioffi (42.61m)
Hammer: 23-Ryan (52.21m)
High Jump: 3-Monroe (2.09m)
Triple Jump: 11-Palmer (14.47m); 21-Simpson (13.38m)
Shot Put: 10-Bishop (15.78m)