Track Sets Three School Records at Ellis Invite

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PRINCETON, N.J. – The Quakers concluded the Larry Ellis Invitational with a total of three school records as the second and final day of competition wrapped up Saturday night at Weaver Stadium on the Princeton University campus.

Day 2 Recap

Sophomore Taylor McCorkle added the third record-breaking performance of the weekend, sprinting her way to a school-best time in the 100 meters on Saturday afternoon. McCorkle bested the field to finish first overall in 11.71 seconds as she topped Lydia Ali’s 2014 mark (11.75) by four hundredths of a second to earn the top spot in the Red and Blue record book.

McCorkle didn’t stop there: the sophomore sprinter was a double-winner when she returned for the 200 and claimed gold for the victory in 23.98. That mark was good enough for number two all-time at Penn as she improved upon her previous best in the books of 24.15 set in 2015.

On the men’s side, junior thrower Noah Kennedy-White was also a winner in discus where he placed 1st out of 19 competitors. His throw of 53.68m was over a foot ahead of Mitchel Charles’ (Princeton) second place toss of 53.29.

Hurdler Ben Bowers also had a strong day in the sprints coming in fifth in the final of the 110 high hurdles. He advanced to the finals after clinching second place in his preliminary heat in a time of 14.38.

Concluding the Penn winners of the day was freshman Olivia Ryan in the 3,000 meter run. Ryan came across the line just under four seconds ahead of second place in 9:59.64.

The Quakers will return to action next week for the 122nd running of the Penn Relays at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pa. Action is set to take place April 26-30th.

Day 1 Recap

The heat provided plenty of fire for Penn track and field on the first day of action at the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton, N.J. Junior Ashley Montgomery broke a school record in the 1,500 meters and senior Amy Darlington reset her own school record in the steeplechase as Penn got off to a strong start at Weaver Stadium on the Princeton University campus.

Montgomery earned her spot as Penn’s all-time best in the 1,500 meters with a terrific night on the track. Her finish of 4:20.28 topped Stacy Kim’s former number one mark of 4:20.75 to take over for first place in the Red and Blue standings. Montgomery finished second overall in the event and was the top collegiate performer out of 78 competitors.

Also shifting the record books was Darlington who finished seventh overall and reset her previous best standing by over eight seconds as she raced to a 10:20.41 finish in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. The mark bests her former record in the event of 10:28.16 set in 2015 as she continued to shave seconds off her PR in the event.

On the men’s side, Nick Tuck was a solid performer in the steeplechase and placed second in 8:46.84. His time was the top collegiate mark of the evening by 11 seconds in the event.

Thomas Awad was the top Quaker performer in the men's 1,500 as he crossed the line in 3:44.05 and ninth overall. He was less than three seconds off Sam Penzenstadler’s number one finish of 3:41.24 for the night and was the third best collegiate performer in the elite section of the discipline.

Abby Hong also notched a strong mark in the 1,500 and finished 8th overall to paced herself to a No. 8 top mark of all-time in the Penn record book.

Also putting in notable performances on the first night of action was Ella Wurth (800m), Rachel Wilson (hammer), Sean Ryan (hammer) and Eric Sheng (hammer). The quartet put themselves at No. 8, No. 6, No. 7 and No. 9, respectively, on the Quaker all-time performance lists in their events.

The Quakers will return to action tomorrow for day two of the invitational. Action is set to begin at 11 a.m. with men’s shot put.

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