PHILADELPHIA - Stride for stride, the University of Pennsylvania track and field teams matched some of the nation's best on the first day of competition at the 121st edition of the Penn Relays. In front of 22,537 fans at Franklin Field, the Quakers posted four all-time top 10 marks on Thursday.
The Women's Distance Medley Relay Championship of America highlighted the opening day of racing at the world's oldest and largest realy carnival. The Quakers were impressive with a seventh-place finish and the fourth-best time in school history against some of the top competition in the country.Ashley Montgomery (3:30.83), Candace Taylor (55.30), Carey Celata (2:10.17), and Cleo Whiting (4:55.40) combined to finish in 11:31.68. That is the fastest finish for a Penn team since the school record was set seven years ago.
Freshman Taylor Hojnackihighlighted the field events for the Red and Blue as she placed 19th and moved up two spots in the school record book with a personal-best toss in the discus of 42.28 meters (138 feet, 8 inches). That is the eighth-best throw in program history and nearly four feet better than her previous collegiate best.
During the Distance Classic on Thursday night, freshman Abby Hongentered the record book in the 3,000 meters, while junior Elyssa Gensib jumped into sixth-place all-time at Penn in the 5,000 meters. Hong finished eighth among 21 runners with a time of 9:45.48 -- the 10th-fastest finish in program history, while Gensib was 15th of 31 runners with a time of 16:36.74.
Meanwhile, the women's 4x100-meter relay finished 18th out of 98 teams and qualified for the college final. Penn's quartet of Lydia Ali, Taylor McCorkle, Taylor Hennig and Candace Taylorfinished in 47.20 to win their heat and advance to Friday's final at 1:05 p.m.
During the heptathlon on Wednesday, sophomore Noel Jancewicz finished as the runner-up with the third-highest score in program history (5,051). A full recap ishere.
The Penn Relays continue on Friday and Saturday with the majority of the relays, including several more Championship of America races for the Red and Blue. For a complete schedule of events in which the Quakers will be participating,click here.
The largest track meet in the world is also home to the nation's most extensive results page. For all of your Penn Relays needs, see the link to the Penn Relays results pagehere. PennAthletics.com will have an update on the performance of the Quakers after each day of competition.
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Penn Women at the Penn Relays
400H: 40-Dabrowski (1:03.88)
3,000m: 8-Hong (9:45.48), 11-Whiting, Cla (9:48.75), 13-Cochrane (9:51.86)
5,000m: 15-Gensib (16:36.74)
4x100: 18-Penn (47.20)
4x400: 4-Penn (3:50.96)
COA DMR: 7-Penn (11:31.68)
Discus: 19-Hojnacki (42.28m), 22 - Hill (39.16m)
Hammer: 30-Graf (45.64m)
Javelin: 5-Hay (46.05m)
Long Jump: 23-Jiang (5.46m), 36-Kobolak (5.30m), 40-Berger (5.23m)
Shot Put: 32-Graf (12.68m), 41-Hojnacki (12.10m)
Heptathlon: 2-Jancewicz (5,051), 12-Fieldman (3,752)
Penn Men at the Penn Relays
5,000m Championship: 12-Shearn (14:16.00), 18-Wilson (14:23.70), 22-Smith (14:27.15), 25-Paez (14:33.60)
5,000m College: 8-Luciano (14:30.22), 20-Hally (14:48.59), 26-Naff (14:58.27), 29-Webb (15:09.63)
Decathlon: 5-Collins (5,286)