PRINCETON, N.J. -- Freshman Mike Monroe and the women's 4x800-meter relay each won titles for the University of Pennsylvania track and field teams this weekend at the ECAC/IC4A Championships.
The women's team earned one of their best finishes in program history when they finished with 33 points and were fifth among 53 schools that scored. The men earned their best team finish since 2011 as they were 14th with 26 points.
Monroe, who also won the indoor Heps title in the men's high jump, earned the victory with the eighth-best jump in program history. He was one of three jumpers to clear 2.09 meters and then, on his final attempt, was the only competitor to clear the bar at 2.12 meters (6 feet, 11 1/2 inches).
The women's 4x800-meter relay posted the second-fastest time in the preliminaries when Gina Alm, Candace Taylor, Ashley Montgomery and Carey Celata combined to finish in 8:51.55. The following day, the Quakers cut five seconds off that time and beat Monmouth in a sprint to the finish. The Red and Blue won the ECAC title by four-hundreths of a second at 8:46.04.
Junior Elyssa Gensib moved up in the school record book and combined with sophomore Cleo Whiting for seven points in the women's 5,000 meters. Last year, the women scored just six points as a team at this meet. Gensib finished with a personal-best effort of 16:30.02 which place her fourth. It also moved her up a spot in the record book to No. 5 all-time at Penn. Meanwhile, Whiting, who is third on that list, was seventh on Friday night with a time of 16:44.81.
Two more women -- junior Gabby Cuccia and freshman Abby Hong -- combined for 11 points in the 3,000 meters. Cuccia, who finished third, entered the school record book with the ninth-fastest finish in program history at 9:44.04. Hong was not far behind as she was the next to cross the finish line in 9:52.52.
Sophomore Chris Hatler matched the sixth-best time in school history in the men's 1,500 meters. He finished second in the preliminaries with a time of 3:44.71. Then in the finals on Sunday, Hatler finished sixth and earned three points for the Red and Blue with a time of 3:50.00.
In the women's javelin, Heps champion Kelsey Hay finished fifth and earned the four points for the Quakers. Her best toss on Saturday landed at 43.69 meters (143 feet, 4 inches).
Meanwhile, Heps champion in the men's discus, juniorSam Mattis, finished as the runner-up in the event. He finished just shy of defending his IC4A title, but did combine with Noah Kennedy-White, who finished fourth, for 13 points for the Red and Blue. Mattis was second with his toss of 59.57 meters (195-05 ft.), while Kennedy-White's best throw landed at a collegiate-best 53.38 meters (175-01 ft.).
In the women's 400 meters, freshman Candace Taylor scored with an eighth-place showing of 55.50.
On the first night, freshman Ross Wilson just missed out on the scoring in the men's steeplechase, but did not miss a chance to enter the school record book. He finished ninth and became just the 10th man in Penn history to break nine minutes in the event. His time of 8:59.83 ranks 10th in program history and is the fifth-fastest for any Penn man since 1980.
Next up are the NCAA Championships. The top 48 in each individual event qualify for the preliminary rounds of the NCAA's. The NCAA field will be announced later this week and the East Preliminaries will take place May 28-30 in Jacksonville, Fla.