Youth Dominates for Track & Field

PHILADELPHIA - A plethora of underclassmen claimed victory for the University of Pennsylvania men's and women's track and field teams on Saturday. In all, the Quakers combined to win 11 events at the Haverford Invitational.

Of those 11 wins, ten came from underclassmen. With a young group traveling to Haverford senior Jenny Thompson was the top upperclassmen for the Quakers. She claimed victory in the women's triple jump when her final jump measured 11.38 meters.

Thompson was also fourth in the long jump behind three teammates. Sophomore Gillian Berger took the top spot over two freshmen with two jumps worthy over the victory. Her best leap was measured at 5.37 meters.

Freshman Noel Jancewicz was the runner-up in the long jump, but the winner in the 800 meters. Her time of 2:20.78 bested three runners from Johns Hopkins.

Sophomore Ben Bowers won three events for the men. He was the top finisher in the 60 meters, 60-meter hurdles and 200 meters. In the hurdles, the Roselle, Ill., native topped the field with a finish of 8.50 - nearly a half second better than the runner up. It was much closer without the hurdles as Bowers finished in 7.23 - which was just four-hundreths of a second better than second. Even in the longer distance, Bowers bested a field of 18. He was the only competitor to finish under the 23-second mark at 22.98.

The men also won the mile with a close finish between teammates Thomas Awad and Clark Shurtleff. In a near photo-finish, Awad beat his fellow sophomore to the line with a finish of 4:12.56. Shurtleff clocked out at 4:12.80.

Freshman Ashley Montgomery completed the sweep in the mile for the Quakers when she earned the top spot on the podium in the women's event. She nearly broke the five-minute mark with a time of 5:00.93, while sophomore teammate Elyssa Gensib was third at 5:06.21.

It was also a sweep in the triple jump for the Red and Blue. In addition to Thompson's victory, sophomore Jordan Jett earned the men's title. His top jump was 14.08 meters.

Another freshman, Cleo Whiting opened her track and field career with a victory in the 3,000 meters. She was one of two runners to break 10 minutes in the event and broke the tape with a time of 9:54.35.

Sophomore Eliana Yankelev won the women's 60-meter hurdles where the Quakers claimed the top four spots. She finished first in 9.18 which bested Amir Privott-Yeiser's time of 9.26 and Jancewicz's finish of 9.27.

Next week the Quakers head to New York City to compete at the historic Armory on Saturday.