In his first competition for the Red and Blue, highly-touted freshman high jumper Maalik Reynolds has already put his stamp on the Penn program.
Led by freshman Reynolds’ astounding 7-foot-3 high jump — the best of the meet and a Penn school record — the men’s track team finished third of 17 teams competing at the Saturday Night at the Armory Invitation in New York.
Sophomore Matt Chylak and senior Philip Cawkwell also raced to first-place finishes for the Quakers. Chylak led the 31-man field in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:27.75, and Cawkwell ran to victory in the 3,000 run with a time of 8:23.09. Fellow senior Luke Grau, who clocked in at 8:24.67, finished second.
Meanwhile, the women took home first place overall at the Navy Invitational.
Inside Wesley Brown Field House in Annapolis, Md., Penn was propelled by victories from freshman Gabrielle Piper in the 60-meter hurdles, sophomore Leslie Kovach in the 3,000-meter run and the 4x400 relay team.
That winning relay, run by the junior foursome of Victoria Strickland, Renee McDougall, Leah Brown and Paige Madison, finished with a time of 3:53.77, eight seconds faster than the runners-up.
The men, this time joined by the women, will bolt back to New York Friday, to compete in the Great Dane Classic, hosted by Albany.
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