Women's Track and Field Records Strong Day at Navy

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Highlighted by a pair of new program records, the University of Pennsylvania women’s track and field team put together a strong showing at Navy’s Wesley Brown Invitational on Saturday. Although the meet was not scored, the Quakers tallied 10 individual wins.

It was a pair of freshmen that stole the show for the Quakers. Two weeks after breaking a school record in just her second collegiate meet, freshman Rachel Wilson was at it again. The rookie thrower upped her own mark in the weight throw with a toss of 17.23 meters on Saturday. Her previous throw of 16.81 meters earlier this month broke a record that was set by Yinka Oridiya in 2001.

Not to be outdone, classmate Nicole Macco also registered a new Quakers’ record on Saturday. The rookie posted a new program best in the pole vault, exploding her way to a height of 3.86 meters. Samantha Crook owned the previous top mark for Penn, registering a 3.81-meter vault in 2005. Macco also has the fourth-best height in the pole vault from her performance at the Lehigh Invitational in December.

Another classmate of Macco and Wilson who put forth a nice effort on Saturday was Imani Solan. Solan raced to her first title in the Red and Blue, winning the gold in the 200. Her time of 24.53 was also good enough to become the second-quickest mark in Penn history.

Other winners for Penn included Carey Celata, Taylor McCorkle, Ashley Montgomery, and Elyssa Gensib (3,000m). Celata nabbed the title in the 800 meters (2:12.41), while McCorkle won the 60 meters (7.60).

Montgomery raced to a time of 4:50.89 in the mile run, which puts her fifth in the Penn history books. She paced a Quaker contingent in the event, as Abby Hong (second place) and Amy Darlington (third place) also notched top-ten marks.

The Quakers will return to action next weekend, as they travel to Staten Island for the Villanova Invitational.

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