Bethlehem, Pa. – The University of Pennsylvania’s women’s track and field team tallied seven wins on Saturday on the way to a second-place finish at the Angry Birds Invitational at Lehigh University. The Quakers racked up 142 total points, finishing ahead of Lehigh (135), Saint Joseph’s University (58) and Winthrop (39), but shy of first-place Monmouth (180).
The highlight of the day came from Rachel Wilson. The freshman etched her name into the Penn record books by breaking the school record in the weight throw. Wilson won the event with a toss of 16.81 meters, a full meter farther than she tossed at December's Lehigh Invitational. The previous program record was held by Yinka Oridiya, who recorded a mark of 16.65 meters in 2001.
The Quakers had another record snapped on Saturday, this time a facility mark in the 3,000 meters. Clarissa and Cleo Whiting each finished well faster than the top time in the history of Lehigh’s Rauch Fieldhouse, clocking respective times of 9:49.86 and 9:50.23. The sister duo placed 1-2 in the event.
Other individual winners for Penn included sophomore Taylor McCorkle, junior Carey Celata and freshman Nicole Macco.
McCorkle ran to her second-consecutive title in the 60 meters, sprinting to a time of 7.59. Celata notched the top mark in the 400 meters with a time of 58.10.
Macco made it clean sweep of the men’s and women’s pole vault for Penn, reaching a height of 3.65 meters.
The Quakers also crossed the finish line first in the 4 x 400 relay. The Penn squad tallied a time of 3:58.47.
Up next, the Red and Blue travel to Princeton next weekend to compete in the Tiger Open on Saturday.
Download: Angry Birds Complete Results.pdf