PHILADELPHIA After holding the first track meet of the season at Franklin Field earlier this month, the University of Pennsylvania women’s track and field team will return home once again on Saturday to play host to a pair of British universities. Penn will team up with Ivy League rival Cornell to take on Oxford and Cambridge universities in keeping a tradition that is more than a century old.
The Oxford and Cambridge teams will arrive in Philadelphia after a stay in New Haven that included a match-up against the Yale and Harvard track and field teams. The schools from across the pond are scheduled to face all of their American counterparts from the Ancient Eight before returning home. When the British teams arrive in town this weekend, Penn and Cornell will try to preserve their status as the only Ivy League tandem that has never lost to the Oxford-Cambridge team in the biannual series.
The meet begins at 9 a.m. with the men’s and women’s hammer throw. The running events will start at 10:30 a.m. with the women’s 1,500 meters. The final field event, the triple jump, is scheduled to begin at noon, while the meet is set to conclude after the 1,600-meter relay at 1:35 p.m.
The scoring for the meet will follow traditional British guidelines. Each event title will be worth one point out of a total of 19 points that can be accumulated.
The Quakers may need some time to adjust for the meet as they will be paired up with Cornell only a week after battling against two Ivy League opponents in Connecticut. Penn claimed eight event titles last Saturday in a meet against Yale and Harvard. Distance runner Leah Brogan, pole vaulter Yelizaveta Lozovatskaya, and middle distance runner Anna Aagenes all posted season-best ECAC qualifying marks in the event.
Complete results from the meet will be available on PennAthletics.com shortly after its conclusion Saturday.