On Friday and Saturday, Penn track and field competed at Princeton in the Larry Ellis Invitational. In their final meet before the upcoming Penn Relays, the Red and Blue claimed four individual events and saw three program records fall.
Senior captain Amy Darlington, junior Ashley Montgomery and sophomore Taylor McCorkle each broke school records in their respective events. Darlington knocked almost eight seconds off her old personal and school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:20.41. She finished seventh in the race.
In the 1,500m run, Montgomery placed second — though she finished first among collegiate athletes — with a 4:20.28 mark that edged Stacy Kim’s 4:20.75 time set in 2008.
Perhaps the star of the weekend was McCorkle, who triumphed in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes. First in the 100, she won in a close race, with two runners from Monroe College clocking in a hundredth of second behind McCorkle’s 11.71. That time broke the previous Penn record of 11.75, set by Princess Lydia Ali in 2014.
In the 200m, she beat the field again, but her time of 23.98 was just two-hundredths of a second short of a second school record on the day. It was, however, a personal record for McCorkle, whose previous best in the event was 24.15, set in her freshman season a year ago.
Junior Noah Kennedy-White and freshman Olivia Ryan were the other Quakers to earn a win over the weekend, in the discus and 3K, respectively. Kennedy-White’s 53.68m throw bested that of Princeton’s Mitchel Charles (53.29) and 17 other competitors, and Ryan finished in 9:59.64, almost four seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.
Other notable performances on the men’s side included sophomore Mike Monroe’s placing second in the high jump, junior Nick Tuck’s posting the top collegiate time en route to a second-place finish in the steeplechase, senior Ben Bowers’ finishing fifth in the 110m hurdles, sophomore Jeff Wiseman’s placing seventh in the 400m dash and senior Thomas Awad’s coming in ninth in the 1,500.
On the women’s side, sophomore Isabel Griffith placed third in the 3,000, sophomore Emily Jiang finished fifth in the long jump and Abby Hong recorded a 4:28.28 time in the 1,500 that put her at No. 8 in the Penn record book.
Other Quakers breaking into the all-time lists at the meet were junior Ella Wurth in the 800m as well as freshman Rachel Wilson, sophomore Sean Ryan and freshman Eric Sheng in the hammer.
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