STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Highlighted by three school records being broken, the University of Pennsylvania women’s track and field team kept the momentum rolling at the Fastrack National Invite on Friday in Staten Island.
Taylor McCorkle kicked things off by upping her own school mark in the 60 meters. The junior darted to a time of 7.53, which is one-hundredth of a second faster than the mark she set last season. Freshman Imani Solan also put together a strong effort in the event, notching a personal-best time of 7.60 (No. 3 on Penn’s all-time list).
Solan and McCorkle were back at it in the 200, and now sit first and third on Penn’s all-time list. Solan shattered the school’s mark in the event with a time of 24.08, almost a 0.5 second faster than the previous record set by Shaunee Morgan in 2007. McCorkle recorded a personal record of 24.49, standing behind just Morgan and Solan in the Quakers’ record books.
Ashley Montgomery captured the final Red and Blue record on Friday, and did so in impressive fashion. Montgomery raced to a time of 4:41.26 in the mile, over five seconds faster than a school mark that has stood for over 30 years (Kate O’Hern, 1985). Abby Hong and Amy Darlington also clocked strong mile times, and now both join Montgomery in top five. Hong crossed the finish line in 4:49.55 (No. 3), while Darlington recorded a time of 4:52.11.
Other notable performers for Penn on Friday included Cleo Whiting, Taylor Hennig and Ella Wurth. Cleo registered a personal-best time of 16:42 (No. 2 all-time) in the 5K, while Hennig—in just her second meet of the season—posted a time of 56.81 in the 400. In the 800, Wurth posted a personal-best 2:12.61.
In relay action -- the team of Solan, Hennig, Candace Taylor, and Noel Jancewicz registered Penn's third-fastest time (3:46.26) in the 4x400. The foursome also placed third in the event, behind only Virginia and Penn State.