FAIRFAX, Va. - On a windy day in Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania track and field teams put together several impressive performances, including freshman Candace Taylor's victory at the George Mason Invitational on Saturday.
Taylor was the highlight for the Quakers with her win in the 400 meters and the fifth-fastest time in school history. Her finish of 55.00 wasthe best time for a Penn woman since Kali Strother's 54.02 in 2010. Taylor has now won three individual outdoor events in her first four career outdoor meets, including both 400-meter races in which she competed. She beat out 57 runners for the top spot on Saturday.
Fellow freshman sprinter Taylor McCorkle reached the finals of the 100 meters and found similar success. She finished eighth overall with a time of 11.98. She is one of five Quakers in school history to break 12 seconds in the event and has now done so twice already this season. McCorkle was also 11th of 71 in the 200 meters with a time of 25.00.
Sophomore Billy Bishop cracked the school's all-time top 10 on the men's side. He finished second in the shot put with the eighth-best throw in Penn history. That toss measured 16.44 meters (53 feet, 11 1/4 inches). Also in the event, Marcus LaRoche was seventh with a throw of 15.79 meters (51-09.75 ft.).
In a field of 32, Penn took three of the top seven spots in the women's javelin. Junior Kelsey Hay finished third overall. Her first toss of 44.45 meters (145-10 ft.) stood as her best, while junior Serena Graf was fourth with her final throw of 40.87 meters (134-01 ft.). Sophomore Lisa Sesink-Clee was seventh with a toss of 37.99 meters (124-08 ft.).
Graf was also eighth in the hammer with a toss of 45.49 meters (149-03 ft.), while among the men's throwers, sophomore Tim Schanstra was tops for the Quakers and sixth overall in the javelin with a toss of 56.71 meters (186-01 ft.).
Senior Tom Pittearned bronze in the men's long jump. He was consistent throughout the finals as each of his jumps were within a four centimeters, led by a leap of 6.99 meters (22-11.25 ft.).
During the distance night, sophomoresAshley MontgomeryandCarey Celatafinished fifth (2:10.46) and seventh (2:11.11), respectively, in the women's 800 meters. On the men's side, junior Drew Magaha was fifth with a time of 1:51.65.
Also in the field for the women, senior Jenny Thompson was seventh in the triple jump with a leap of 11.56 meters (37-11.25 ft.), and freshman Taylor Hojnacki was sixth in the shot put with a toss of 12.75 meters (41-10 ft.).
Also for the men, the 4x400-meter relay team finished fifth with a time of 3:23.53.JuniorBen Bowersreached the finals of the men's 110-meter hurdles. He had the second-best time of 31 sprinters in the preliminaries at 14.53, and finished in 15.40 to place eighth overall.
The last meet prior to the 121st Penn Relays at Franklin Field is the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton next week.Tickets to the world's largest and oldest relay carnival, April 23-25 are availablehere.