The Quakers will host their second meet of the season as 25 teams converge on Franklin Field on Saturday for the Penn Invite.
The men’s team will look to carry over some of the momentum from last weekend’s Texas Relays. The 4×800-meter relay composed of freshman Thomas Tallerico, senior Michael Cunningham, junior John Foye and senior James Finucane stopped the clock at 7:37.60.
Two athletes to watch from Penn will be sophomore throwers Jacob Brenza and Karl Ingram. Brenza, a shot putter, and Ingram, a javelin thrower, have already qualified for May’s IC4A Championships and the meet will allow them to compete stress-free.
After two weeks off, the Penn women’s team returns to the track.
The team had four Big 5 Invitational winners two weeks ago. The 4×400-meter relay, 100-meter sprinter Leah Brown, pole vaulter Davielle Brown and 5,000-meter runner Laura Steel all claimed titles.
Two women’s runners to keep track of this weekend are seniors Leah Brown and Renee McDougall. Brown is just 0.38 seconds from qualifying for the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships in the 200 meters. McDougall is 0.37 away from qualifying for the ECACs in the 400 meters.
Steel is also just 1.17 seconds from qualifying in the 3000 meters. She is second all time at Penn in the steeplechase but has never qualified for the championships in the seven-and-a-half lap race.
Field events will begin at 8:00 a.m. Saturday with the women’s hammer throw. The day’s track events will begin with the women’s 3000 meters at 9:45 a.m.