Track & Field to Host Philadelphia College Classic

PHILADELPHIA - In light of the beginning of the 2014 outdoor track and field season, the University of Pennsylvania will host many surrounding Philadelphia schools at historic Franklin Field for the Philadelphia College Classicon Saturday afternoon.

The field events will commence with the women’s hammer at noon. While the running events will begin at 1 p.m. with the women’s 4x100-meter relay. The season opening meet will conclude with the men’s 4x400-meter relay at 4:15 p.m.

The Philadelphia College Classic is in its second year and expands on Penn's traditional outdoor opener at Franklin Field, the Big 5 Invitational. In addition to all the Big 5 schools, several other local colleges will be compete at the meet this year.

Last year at the Classic the record books were reopened. On her first javelin toss of 2013,Morgan Wheeler moved up to third in the school record book with the 20th-best toss in the nation. It measured 45.72 meters (150 feet). Sophomore Serena Graf was third with the sixth-best throw in school history at 42.87 meters (140-08 ft.). Meanwhile,Kelsey Hay had the seventh-best toss at Penn with a mark of 42.16 meters (138-04 ft.).

Another big finish was for Graf, who finished just two centimeters shy of the school's top 10 with a second-place toss of 12.64 meters (41-05.75 ft.).However, Graf had no trouble jumping into the heart of Penn's all-time top 10 in the hammer. Her opening toss of 49.33 meters (161-10 ft.) ranks third-best at Penn.

Sophomore Kaci Jones was close to reaching the school's all-time Top 10 as well. She was just three centimeters shy with her winning shot put of 40.69 meters 9133-06 ft.).

On the track, Penn continued to make an impact in the record book. Then-juniorChelsea Delaney recorded the 10th-best time in school history in the 1,500 meters. She was the runner-up in the event with a finish of 4:33.03.

Also at the time,Heather Bong matched the 10th-best time in school history in the 200 meters. She won the event as the only competitor to break 25 seconds and became the 11th Quaker to ever do so with a first-place mark of 24.99.

Sophomore Gabrielle Cuccia was tops in the 800 meters. She won with a time of 2:12.99, which was a few strides better than her teammate and runner-upAriana Tabatabaie's (2:16.46). Sophomore Rachel Hlatky and senior Gabrielle Piper were also winners for Penn. Hlatky won the 400 metes at 58.70 and Piper was tops in the 100-meter hurdles at 15.17

This will be Penn’s only home meet of the year with regard to the world's oldest and largest relay carnival. The 120th edition of the Penn Relays is set for April 24-26 at Franklin Field.

A full recap will be available at shortly after the conclusion of the meet.


Download: Philadelphia College Classic 2014.pdf