Track & Field Finds Early Success at Maryland

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - At just the second meet of the outdoor season the University of Pennsylvania track and field teams continue to see a plethora of early-season success, including six event winners on Saturday at the Maryland Invitational.

Freshman Candace Taylor earned an outdoor victory for the second time in as many meets. She won the 200 meters at home last week and earned a win in the 400 meters this week with a time of 56.78.

Meanwhile, in the field, the Penn women won two events. Freshman Molly Minnig was tops in the pole vault as she cleared 3.05 meters (10-00 ft.), while junior Kelsey Hay was victorious in the javelin with a toss of 44.31 meters (145-04 ft.).

The Penn men boasted three winners in the field events and a relay victory. Junior John Li and freshman Mike Benz finished in a tie for first in the pole vault as each surpassed 3.95 meters (12 feet, 11.5 inches). Sophomore Noah Kennedy-White was tops in the discus with a toss of 49.61 meters (162-09 ft.), while on the track, the men's 4x100-meter relay ofWyatt David,Kyle Webster,Harrison Scharf,Ben Bowers won with a time of 42.81.

The Penn men also had several second-place performances. David was runner-up in the men's 100 meters at 11.28, while fellow freshman teammate Jeff Wiseman was runner-up in the men's 400 meters at 50.00. Sophomore Sam Kaplan was second in the javelin with a toss of 52.78 meters (173-02 ft.) and senior Marcus LaRoche was second in the shot put with a mark of 15.20 meters (49-10.50 ft.).

Penn was also second in the men's 1,500 meters. Sophomore Nick Tuckwas the runner-up with a time of 3:55.71, while junior Brendan Smithwas third with a finish of 4:02.00.

The Penn women were especially dominant in their portion of the 1,500 meters. The Quakers claimed nine of the top 11 spots, and one of the remaining two was a former Quaker. Penn was led by sophomore Cleo Whiting, who finished in 4:36.72 and was followed by former Penn great Jesse Carlin.

Sophomore Noel Jancewicz returned to action with a second-place finish in the high jump -- she cleared 1.67 meters (5-05.75 ft.).

In Texas, junior Sam Mattis matched up against some of the nation's best at the Texas Relays. The school record holder finished third with a toss of 58.63 meters (192-04 ft.).

As a team, the men finished third among 12 schools with 121 points, while the women were second with 124.5 points. The host Terrapins finished first on both sides.

Up next, the Quakers will cover both the East Coast and the West Coast. Some Quakers will head to the Stanford Invite in Palo Alto, Calif., while others will compete at teh Sam Howell Invitational in Princeton, N.J. There will also be several Penn representatives at the Florida Relays in Gainsville.