CHESTER, Pa. – The University of Pennsylvania women’s track and field team had a stellar afternoon and claimed gold in seven events at the Chester Quarry Classic hosted by Widener University on Saturday. On a beautiful day with near perfect conditions, the Quakers tallied a dominate team effort highlighted by several strong individual performances.
The Quakers earned first place across several disciplines including the 4x100 meter relay, 100m, 200m, 800m, 1,500m, 5,000m, and pole vault to display their range as a team.
The Red and Blue got off to a terrific start in the 4x100 meter relay with two teams entered in the heat. The Penn (A) team crossed the finish line in 46.65 and placed a gap of two seconds in front of West Chester’s second-place effort for a dominate victory. The Penn (B) team registered fourth place with a time of 51.25.
In the 100 meter sprint, Taylor McCorkle continued a strong spring and earned gold in the dash in 11.81 seconds. The Quakers had three in the top-five and five in the top-10 in the event as McCorkle and Barbara Biney led the effort in first and third place, respectively.
Rachel Hlatky was also a winner in the 200 meters, crossing the finish line in 25.08 for the win.
The Quakers also had strong showings in the middle distance races. Gina Alm and Taylor Hennig went 1-2 in the 800m and the Red and Blue placed six in the top-10 in the discipline. In the 1,500m, Amy Darlington recorded a personal best to finish first in 4:29.66 while Clarissa Whiting was a close second to nab silver in 4:33.52.
The 5,000 saw Kylene Cochrane, Abby Hong, Elyssa Gensib and Olivia Ryan finish in successive order as the quartet swept the event.
Finalizing the champions of the afternoon, Nicole Macco won the pole vault with a height of 3.81 meters while Lauren Brunsdale and Monica Benz also finished fourth and fifth, respectively, to put three Quakers in the top-5 in the discipline.
Elsewhere in California, Kelsey Hay competed in the javelin at the Beach Invitational hosted by Long Beach State. Her throw of 46.42 meters was good for 6th place in her flight.
The Quakers return to action next weekend at the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton, N.J.
Download: 2016 Chester Quarry Classic Results.pdf