The University of Pennsylvania track and field teams are set for a full slate of competition this weekend as they take to the Texas Relays, Florida Relays and Stanford Invitational for their first set of outdoor meets outside the friendly confines of Franklin Field. The team will split up by discipline to throw and race against some of the top competition in the NCAA over three days across the nation.
Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays- Thursday and Friday, March 31-April 1
The 2016 meet, hosted by the University of Texas, features over 7,500 athletes and will be broadcast live on the Longhorn Network.
Women: Serena Graf and Lisa Sesink-Clee begin competition on Thursday afternoon while Kelsey Hay hits the field on Friday as all three will be competing in javelin. Hay recorded a mark of 44.93 last weekend at the Penn Challenge to win the event.
Men: Noah Kennedy-White and Sam Mattis highlight the throwing action as both will be competing in discus. Mattis and Kennedy-White begin competition at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 1. Mattis, the 2015 NCAA Champion, currently holds the top-ten throws in the NCAA this season.
Pepsi Florida Relays – Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 31- April 2
Hosted by the University of Florida, action can be seen live on the SEC Network + via Watch ESPN. The Quakers begin competition on Thursday, March 31 in Gainesville, Fla.
Women: Taylor McCorkle (200m), Imani Solan (200m) and Ella Wurth (800m) highlight the individual events for the Red and Blue and group will also compete in the Sprint Medley. McCorkle won both the 100 and 200 last weekend at the Penn Challenge and looks to carry that momentum into the weekend.
Men: Ben Bowers (110h), Elias Graca (800m), Chris Hatler (800m), Jeff Wiseman (800m) and Calvary Rogers (800m) are set to race on Friday afternoon while sophomore Sean Ryan will throw hammer beginning at 5 p.m. The Red and Blue will conclude action at the Florida Relays on Saturday, April 2nd in both the sprint and distance medley relays.
Stanford Invitational – Friday, April 1
Friday Night Lights: the Penn distance specialists head west to race in the Stanford Invitational as more than 2,500 entrants from 110 colleges and universities will converge on Cobb Track and Angell Field for the 41st running of the invite. Live action can be found on Flotrack’s premium webcast.
Women: The Quakers have a trio of harriers prepped for the 5,000 meters as Ashley Montgomery, Clarissa Whiting and Cleo Whiting will represent the Red and Blue in the event. Rounding out the women’s side in the steeplechase is Amy Darlington.
Men: Brendan Smith, Nick Tuck and Ross Wilson are primed for the steeplechase while Thomas Awad, Patrick Hally and Kevin Monogue are entered for the 5,000 meters. Brendan Shearn rounds out the Penn competitors in the 10,000 meters for the final race of the evening.