From June 7-10, four athletes from Penn women's track & field competed on the biggest stage that collegiate running has to offer. The women traveled across the country to the University of Oregon to represent the Quakers in the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
This year’s event was the ninth edition of the tournament, the last eight of which have been contested in the Philly area. The championship was contested in the rugby sevens format, with six pools of four teams each on the men’s side and four pools of four teams each on the women’s side.
Junior Rachel Lee Wilson, freshman Ashley Anumba, sophomore Nia Akins, and junior Anna Peyton Malizia all punched their tickets to the NCAA Championship after all delivering qualifying performances this past weekend at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla.
It was already shameful that the conference moved its showcase away from its best and most historic venue. But the choice of Yale’s Lee Amphitheater as the Palestra’s replacement makes the decision a travesty.
After two years at the Palestra, the Ivy League men’s and women’s basketball tournaments are moving to New Haven, Conn.
This year, 14 members of the women’s team and nine members of the men’s team qualified for the prelims. The teams will travel to Florida from May 24 to May 26 to compete in the NCAA East Region Prelims.
One of the biggest highlights this weekend came when junior Rachel Lee Wilson achieved a throw of 61.89 meters to finish third in the women’s hammer. The effort was far enough for a new school record, smashing Wilson’s old mark by over a meter.
The undefeated Sea Wolves scored the game’s first seven goals and didn’t slow down much from there on their home field, cruising to an 18-5 win to end the Red and Blue’s season.
After Quakers freshman Zoe Belodeau finished her fifth goal of the evening with only 14 seconds left in the second overtime, it was the Red and Blue who would survive after winning an instant classic, 15-14 game over the Nittany Lions.
After two days of competition, the women scored a program-high 177 points to win behind 10 individual champions, and the men claimed second place with 142 points behind five event winners.
Penn never led in the contest, and Princeton scored the game’s final three goals, earning a 13-10 victory and the accompanying automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament.
Despite allowing No. 3 seed Dartmouth to finish the game on a 7-1 run, No. 2 Penn held on for a 16-14 win, advancing to Sunday’s conference championship likely against No. 1 seed Princeton.
With Saturday’s 14-11 victory at Yale, Penn women’s lacrosse cemented another fantastic season and earned itself its 11th league title in the past 12 seasons.
“We call it the Penn track and field family," Steve Dolan said. “It really grows because you add the alumni that come back and support the team, so it’s kind of a big party for us to have everybody together. It’s great, the culture and the camaraderie of the whole Penn track group is at an all-time high, and it’s very exciting.”
Each year, Penn Relays punctuates an otherwise stressful time on Penn’s calendar with a weekend of fun, hype, and glory at Franklin Field. The Relays’ 124th edition did not disappoint.
A number of Penn track and field athletes have competed to varying degrees of success. While some have walked away feeling disappointed, the team has also scored its second relay win in three years after a 42-year title drought.
Last weekend, Penn took two of three against Cornell and is hoping to keep up the momentum. Princeton is coming off a tough series loss to Columbia.
However, a slow start and numerous penalties doomed the Quakers in a 21-8 road loss at the hands of the Tigers for Penn's first conference loss of the season.
The Quakers have had a successful outdoor season thus far, with both teams setting multiple records throughout the year.
Thousands of athletes of all ages will converge on University City for the 124th Penn Relays this weekend, including a number of Olympians. Superstars like Justin Gatlin grace the Relays practically every year, but there are some high schoolers and collegiate athletes that will also draw eyes this weekend.