Women's Track & Field Wins Villanova Invitational

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – In the first of consecutive meets at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island, the University of Pennsylvania women’s track and field team tallied the most points (121.5) at the Villanova Invitational on Saturday. The meet, which featured a highly competitive 12-team field, was highlighted by three wins for the Quakers and numerous top-ten program marks.

Taylor McCorkle grabbed one of the Quakers’ wins in the 60 meters, and narrowly missed out on a school record in the process. The sophomore, who already owns the program mark in the event, raced to a time of 7.55 – one hundredth shy of a personal best. McCorkle also recorded a sixth-place finish in the 200, clocking a mark of 24.84 – which ranks third in Penn history.

Freshman Imani Solan finished third in the 60 meters with a time of 7.68. She also clocked a mark of 7.61 in the preliminaries, which is fast enough to rank third all-time.

Another win came from Ashley Montgomery, who has picked up right where she left off from a stellar cross-country season. The junior raced to the 3,000 crown, achieving a personal-best time of 9:30.57 (No. 4 in program history). Behind Montgomery, Penn tallied the next four finishers in the event as well. Abby Hong (9:33.98), Cleo Whiting (9:34.47), Clarissa Whiting (9:36.10), and Amy Darlington (9:44.35) came in 2-5. Hong's (No. 5), Cleo's (No. 6) and Clarissa’s (No. 7) times were all quick enough to rank them in the top ten all-time.

Penn's final triumph came in the 4x400 relay, as the team of Noel Jancewicz, Imani Solan, Carey Celata, and Candace Taylor took the crown. The squad crossed the finish line in 3:47.33, which ranks fourth in the Penn record books.

Freshman Meghan Barnes also put herself on Penn’s all-time list in the 60-meter hurdles. The rookie posted a mark of 8.84 (No. 5 all-time) in the prelims, followed by an eighth-place finish in the finals.

In the 400 meters, freshman Imani Solan picked up a personal record with a time of 56.27. Solan’s time comes in at No. 4 on the program’s top-ten list.

Carey Celata clocked the second-best time in Penn history in the 800 meters. The junior’s 2:07.52 was a personal best, and ranks behind just Jesse Carlin on the Red and Blue all-time list.

The Red and Blue also put together two top-five finishers in the weight throw. Freshman Rachel Wilson (17.11m) nabbed the silver in the event, while Nailah Hill (15.75) placed fifth and recorded a personal best.

The Quakers will be back in Staten Island next weekend for the National Fastrack Invitational.

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