Penn Track and Field shines against Philly rivals
March 25, 2012, 11:52 pm · Updated March 27, 2012, 12:34 am·
Penn track and field picked up ten titles at the Big Five Invitational on Saturday: four for the women’s team and six for the men’s team.
Senior Leah Brown’s time of 25.12 earned her first place in the 200-meter dash. Next best in the category was senior Renee McDougall with a time of 25.32.
McDougall was also the runner-up in the 400-meter dash with a time 58.15, trailing Columbia’s Miata Morlu by 35 hundredths of a second.
The Big Five pole vault championship ended in a tie between junior Davielle Brown and Villanova’s Kathleen McPhillips, who both finished at 3.65 meters. Sophomore Brooke Hamscher finished right behind them at 3.50 meters.
Senior Laura Steel’s 17:31.55 marked a career-best and captured the title in the 5000 meters. Sophomore Christine Cohick finished third at 17:56.27.
Freshman Annie Holland placed second in the high jump, finishing at 1.65 meters.
The women’s track team finished the day by outracing Temple in the 4×400-meter relay with a time of 3:47.73.
The Penn men’s track team began collecting titles early with sophomore Jake Brenza’s performance in the shot put. His winning 14.77 meters was about three feet ahead of the rest.
Sophomore Maalik Reynolds claimed the title with a high jump of 2.15 meters.
Senior Jeff Seddon finished in first place with 6.57 meters in the long jump. Seddon was in third place going into his final jump but outdid the two placers ahead of him to snatch the crown.
Sophomore Mason Smith was the best 100-meter sprinter with a time of 11.03.
The 400-meter hurdles was taken by freshman Tom Timmins in a tight finish that had to be decided by a photo. He finished at 53.74, a hundredth of a second better than Villanova’s Nicoy Hines.
Senior Mike Vido completed Penn’s sweep of the 5000 meters, finishing in 15:06.05.
The Quakers also produced three silver medalists, including senior James Finucane in the 800-meter run, sophomore Karl Ingram in the javelin throw and senior Brian Lynch in the triple jump.
The men’s team heads to Austin, Texas Wednesday to compete in the Texas Relays, while the women have a break until the Penn Invite on April 7.