Track and field’s indoor season may be one of the shortest in college sports, but it’s nearing a dramatic finish as Penn prepares for the Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Championships this weekend.
This weekend, a number of winter sports teams wrap up their seasons with Ivy League championships. While women's swimming and men's squash finished up last week, their opposite-gender counterparts along with gymnastics and indoor track and field all compete this weekend for postseason glory.
Over the past month, the Quakers have been tearing up the indoor circuit in the six meets they have competed in since winter break. Only half of those competitions had team scoring, but a quick look at the individual results shows a Red and Blue side that has been dominant in multiple areas.
It’s a fitting end to the career of an athlete who has been described as a “breakout.”
In her senior year, Ashley Montgomery led the Quakers to their first-ever appearance as a team at the NCAA Championship over the weekend at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Ind.
Montgomery led the team with a 13th place finish and an average pace of 5:23 for the six kilometer course, crossing the finish line in 20:07.1.
Penn Cross Country qualifying for Nationals didn’t play out in the way you’d expect.
The women, having just placed third as a team at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship meet, spent the first half of the ride back to campus with their collective breath held.
In the wake of an exhaustive election season during which major party candidates displayed questionable leadership qualities, it will perhaps bring some amount of solace to know that the future of the men’s and women’s cross country team rests in caring and capable hands.
At the end of a historic week, marked by the results of the presidential election on Tuesday night, Penn Cross Country added a little history of their own, with the women’s team earning the program’s first selection to the NCCA Championships, placing third at the Mid-Atlantic Regionals on Friday
“It is very exciting,” Coach Steve Dolan said after learning that the women’s season would continue for one more week.
After historically successful outcomes for Penn Men’s and Women’s Cross Country in the Ivy League Championships, both teams now turn their attention to the Mid-Atlantic Regionals, where they look to build on the remarkable performances of this season.
“I think we’re ready to run great races,” said head coach Steve Dolan.
The men’s cross country team started Postseason racing with a bang on Saturday, as they captured their first Ivy league title in 43 years.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, as far as Ivy League cross country teams are concerned.
This Saturday, two dozen of Penn’s fastest men and women will be making the short trip up to Princeton’s West Windsor Fields for the annual Ivy League Heptagonal Championships.
Did nationals come early this year?
This Friday marks one of the most important meets in the Penn cross country season as both the men’s and women’s teams travel to Madison for the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational.
What difference does an extra few thousand meters make? Evidently not much: the Quakers seemed unfazed as the distance ramped up at Lehigh in longest race they’ve seen so far this year.
Both Penn cross country teams had powerful finishes today at the prestigious Paul Short Invitational.
On October 2, Penn cross country will travel to Lehigh to compete in the Paul Short Invitational, where both the men and women will kick off their seasons in earnest.
The Quakers are coming off of first-place performances in two early-year tuneups, the Big 5 Invitational and the Main Line Invitational.
Ask any civilian on the street who the nation’s premier power couple is, and you’ll probably get some varied responses; Kim and Kanye, Beyonce and Jay-Z and Brad and Angelina are among many names that might get thrown out there.
But within the realm of Penn Athletics, the answer is quite simple: Bob and Juli.
The cross country team continued their winning streak this weekend with both the men’s and women’s teams taking first at the Main Line Invitational on Friday afternoon.
Struggling to retain its members, PATH seeks to increase invovlement to build a more inclusive athletic community.
The program's greatest team in recent memory lost NCAA All-Americans Sam Mattis and Tommy Awad — as well as other star athletes — but perhaps the most notable loss came from the coaching staff that vaulted the team up to its relative success on the Ivy League and national stages in 2016.
This past weekend, three recently-graduated members of Penn’s track and field team competed in the US Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon for a spot on team bound for Rio this coming August.
For most of Penn’s undergraduate population, the end of the final exam period signals the time for kicking back, relaxing and fondly looking back at the previous year.
But for a very lucky, very small fraction of the student body, the onset of summer simply means business as usual.
Playing on a varsity spring sport inherently carries the risk of playing past the school year’s conclusion, and 2016 was no exception.
Last Thursday, the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame announced its induction class of 2016. One team and 15 individuals will be inducted — some posthumously.
And in a class that features world boxing champions, NFL Hall of Famers and the 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers, one induction will be an old Quaker.
George Washington Orton graduated from Penn with a Masters in 1894 and a Ph.D.
It’s the end of an era for Penn men’s track and field.
After years of service leading the rebuild of the Quakers’ men’s program, senior superstars Sam Mattis and Thomas Awad donned the Red and Blue for the final time on Friday evening, competing in the discus throw and 5000-meter run, respectively, at the 2016 NCAA Track and Field Champions in Eugene, Ore.
Mattis finished in second place in the men’s discus throw earning his third consecutive first team All-American honors, while Awad took 22nd place in the men’s 5000m to secure an honorable mention All-America spot.
Penn’s evening was opened by Mattis, who was the presumptive favorite in his signature event all season after setting a still-standing American-born collegiate record with a gargantuan toss of 67.45 meters back at the Philadelphia College Classic in March – a full sixteen feet further than the next farthest throw by an NCAA athlete in 2016, courtesy of Kansas’ Mitchell Cooper.
But Mattis – attempting to become Penn’s first two-time national champion since Bruce Collins won the 400m hurdles in 1972 and 1974 – struggled early on, barely advancing into the final flight with a first round mark of 57.98 meters.
They made the cut.
Seniors Tommy Awad and Sam Mattis are going to Eugene, Ore. to compete in the NCAA championships next week.
Now that all of the times and marks have been recorded for the regular season, berths for the postseason have been confirmed — 16 track and field stars will be representing the Red and Blue in the first round of postseason meets, the NCAA East Prelims.
With a quarter of a second to spare, senior distance runner Thomas Awad took a colossal step towards representing the United States in the Rio Olympics this August.
Last Monday at the Swarthmore Final Qualifying meet, Awad recorded a personal best in the 1,500 meter race with a historic time of 3:37.75, narrowly giving him an automatic qualification to compete in this July’s United States Olympic Trials.
Following 30 years of service to the Penn track and field program, women’s head coach Tony Tenisci has officially announced his retirement, effective at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season.
While all of Penn spent its weekend trying to end the semester with a bang by studying hours on end, one group of students spent its time seeking to go out with a bang by throwing things, jumping around, and running in circles.
At the 122nd Penn Relays this weekend, Penn track and field felt right at home.
“You don’t bet against Awad in the last hundred," Penn director of track and field Steve Dolan said minutes after Penn won its first relay at Penn Relays since 1974.
Like any aging lady, Franklin Field got a facelift this year — and it is a big one.
The new surface of Penn’s track is immaculate — the colors pop out enough to make any graphic designer jump with joy.
Elite athletes of all varieties will head to Franklin Field this weekend, as collegiate superstars in several different events will use the Penn Relays to tune up for NCAA Finals and, hopefully, the Rio Olympics.
Three Ivy League championships. Two All-American selections. Three qualifications at the NCAA Track and Field Championships.
There’s succeeding, and then there’s success.
When the Villanova Women’s Distance Medley Relay team collected its first Penn Relays title in 1984, not even the school itself could have predicted the decades of success that were to follow.
The Distance Medley Relay, or DMR, is a race that is comprised of four legs, each of varying length.
The runners have taken their places. It’s a beautiful, sunny Saturday in April, and the competitors are lined up in front of a crowd of over 40,000 at Franklin Field.
The Philadelphia Eagles aren’t the only stars that have graced Franklin Field with their presence in the past.
He came to Penn with dreams of seeing the Quaker track team become a powerhouse, and leaves University City with dreams of racing in the Olympics.