PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women's track team and Cornell will compete against one another on Saturday morning for the right to compete together overseas in June. The dual meet between the Quakers and the Big Red at Franklin Field will determine the team that will take on Oxford-Cambridge in England at legendary Iffley Road Track at the school.
"This is certainly a different kind of meet then the others we compete in," said head coach Gwen Harris. "But the girls are very excited about it. The implications of the meet and thehistory involved with making the trip to England should provide some intense competition."
In an exchange that has lasted over 100 years, Penn and Cornell have met every four years to determine the 62-person squad (both men and women are included in that number) that competes on the same track that Roger Bannister recorded his 3:59.4 minute mile at in 1954.
In Saturday's meet that begins at 10 a.m., each event is a final with the winner earning a spot on the England-bound team. Both Penn and Cornell, however, are each guaranteed eight athletes to travel, even if less then that number win events on Saturday.
The Quakers are led by Dana McCurdy, who broke the school record in the 400 meter hurdles at the Penn Invitational on April 8. McCurdy and Christina Morrison (800 meter run) have each qualified for NCAA Regionals with their times so far.
Penn has seven athletes that have qualified for ECAC standards as of this week.