Women's Track Takes First Place at Penn Challenge

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania women’s track and field team tallied nine triumphs on Saturday, en route to winning the Penn Challenge at Franklin Field. The Quakers put together 216 total points, placing ahead of Villanova (112 points), Rider (94), Army West Point (74), and Sacred Heart (45).

Sophomore sprinter Taylor McCorkle led the way for the Red and Blue, taking first place in a pair of events. The speedster sprinted her way to titles in both the 100 (11.95) and 200 meters (24.30).

In the 200, McCorkle paced a 1-2-3 finish for the Penn—as Rachel Hlatky and Taylor Hennig placed second and third respectively.

In the 1500, it was junior Ashley Montgomery snagging gold with a time of 4:24.71. Classmates Cleo Whiting (4:28.60) and Clarissa Whiting (4:29.56) finished third and fourth, respectively.

The Quakers posted a pair of relay victories, snagging titles in both the 4x100 and the 4x400. The team of Barbara Biney, Allysha Davis, Imani Solan, and McCorkle snagged the win the 4x100 (46.45), while Solan, Hennig, Hlatky, and Ella Wurth snagged the crown in the 4x400 (3:54.98).

Isabel Griffith also impressed, putting together one of the more dominant wins in the 5,000. The sophomore topped the field by more than 18 seconds, clocking a time of 17:20.42. The Quakers also had the next three top marks in the event, in the form of Olivia Ryan, Carole Harsch and Shannon McCarthy.

Meghan Barnes was triumphant in the 100-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in 14.61 seconds.

On the field side of things, the usual suspects of senior Kelsey Hay and freshman Rachel Wilson each recorded wins. Hay tossed her way to the javelin title with a throw of 44.93, while Wilson heaved a winning mark of 47.53.

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The Quakers will be back in action next weekend, heading to three different locations around the country. Texas, California and Florida will provide the settings for Penn next weekend.