Penn women’s track and field registered outstanding performances at the Texas Relays, Florida Relays and Stanford Invitational on Thursday and Friday. A total of six student-athletes stamped personal records and five recorded top-10 marks in Penn history in an outstanding 48 hours for the Red and Blue.
A trio of harriers in Ashley Montgomery, Cleo Whiting and Clarissa Whiting dominated in the 5,000 meters while Lisa Sesink-Clee, Taylor McCorkle, Ella Wurth and Clarissa Whiting each recorded career bests in meets across the nation.
Montgomery paced herself to a school best (16:08.64) in the 5,000 and topped the previous mark held by Leslie Kovach by just over three seconds in Palo Alto, Calif. on Friday evening. Nearly perfect race conditions existed for the junior to register the top time in the Ivy League this season by over 11 seconds. Not to be outdone, sisters Cleo and Clarissa Whiting also etched their way into the top-5 all-time in Quaker history with standout races as all three earned personal bests in the distance.
On Thursday evening at the Texas Relays, Sesink-Clee saved her best throw for last when she hit a distance of 44.43 meters to place 5th of 12 in the javelin. The mark tops her previous best of 44.41m set in 2015 at the Philadelphia College Classic a year ago as the junior registered the second-best throw of the season in the Ivy’s behind teammate Kelsey Hay. Sesink-Clee was joined by Serena Graf and Kelsey Hay in the Lonestar State where Graf placed 10th and Hay 11th in their respective flights of the javelin.
McCorkle also provided a terrific performance at the Florida Relays, notching a personal top mark of 24.05 seconds in the open section of the 200 meters to place second in her heat and 31st overall. The sophomore topped her previous high of 24.30 set just a week ago at the Penn Challenge and also recorded the second-best time in the Ivy League this season and the third best mark all-time at Penn
Wurth continued the Quaker streak on Friday afternoon, finishing in 2:11.39 in the 800 meters to also claim a career record by just over 1.5 seconds. The junior claimed 29th place out of 56 runners and registered the second-best performance in the 800 in the Ivy League this season.
The Penn women will return to action next week at the Virginia Quad meet and Lou Onesty Invitational in Charlottesville, Va. on Friday, April 8th and Saturday, April 9th.
Download: Stanford Invitational Results.pdf