After two small meets at Lehigh to bring in the indoor season, Penn track and field is looking to take on all comers.
If Saturday is any indication, this could be a fun year for Penn track. In their first indoor track meet of the season and the last before break, the Red and Blue picked up victories in an impressive 15 events at the Lehigh Fast Times in Bethlehem, Pa.
The fall season may be coming to a close, but on Saturday, Penn athletics’ potential MVP got yet another chance to cement his status amongst the schools elite athletes.
And then there was one. While almost all of Penn’s cross country runners ended their seasons last weekend, junior captain Thomas Awad is the lone Quaker that still has one more race left in his season.
If the Heptagonal Championships showed two Penn cross country squads on opposite ends of the Ivy spectrum, this weekend represented a return to equality within the program.
So now we know where Penn cross country stands in the Ivy league, but where does that put the program in the larger scheme of things? The Red and Blue will provide an answer to this question this Friday as they look to improve on their results from Ivy Heptagonals two weeks ago at NCAA Regionals.
After the women’s team was unable to break through at Heptagonals – finishing last as a team in the Ivy championship meet – junior Tom Awad took first in the men’s race, leading the men’s team to an impressive third-place finish.
There’s a moment in every team’s season when it becomes apparent if those long months of training have really paid dividends. That moment is now for Penn XC.
A casual observer at the recent Princeton Invitational may have been a bit confused by the sight of the same Penn cross country runner crossing the finish line twice in a one-second span.
One of just two freshmen running with the "A-team" for Penn women's cross country, Abby Hong is no stranger to finding herself in select groups on the track.
All roads lead to the Heptagonals for Penn cross country, but fortunately for the Quakers, they are going to be intimately familiar with the road in question.
There’s another home meet on Penn track & field’s schedule this year and it’s a big one.
On a busy weekend for Penn athletics in general, cross country in particular had a lot on its hands.
Usually teams find strength in numbers, but this weekend, Penn cross country is looking to divide and conquer.
Last year, Thomas Awad broke out and established himself as the clear face of Penn track and cross country. Now he looks to lead the Quakers to the top of the Ivy League.
After an outstanding performance at last week’s Big 5 Invitational in which the Quakers took six of the top seven spots in the women’s race and the top seven in the men’s, the Red and the Blue are ready to follow up their success Thursday at the Main Line Invitational.
Penn track and field has fought through a lot already this season, but there will be no rest for the weary anytime soon.
On Saturday, Penn men’s and women’s track and field meets became an afterthought as the teams and Penn community at large grieved in the aftermath of Madison Holleran’s death.
Penn prepares for the Lehigh Challenge a month removed from their participation there.
When deciding her goals for her final season at Penn, senior pole vaulter Davielle Brown doesn’t have to look far, as volunteer assistant coach Samantha Crook holds the indoor and outdoor pole vault records that Brown is gunning for.
First-year Penn coach Steve Dolan manages his team with a soft-spoken, health-oriented approach. He tries to explain to runners the purpose of each training session and patiently works with them so they may get the most out of each day’s efforts.
Healthy again after a hip injury cost her a trip to NCAA regionals last fall, Leslie Kovach is back to work on returning to her All-American form.
In Steve Dolan’s competitive debut as head coach, the men finished sixth out of 14 teams, while the women posted a second-place finish for the second consecutive year.
Senior George Dickson III may never benefit from the vast improvement Penn hopes Steve Dolan will bring to the program, but the runner has still helped mentor freshmen and impressed coaches with his leadership.
Senior Leslie Kovach finished second for the women while the men’s team had strong performances from its freshmen.
Coaching changes continue across Penn sports, with the latest announcements coming from men’s and women’s track and field.
This will be the sophomore’s second trip to the outdoor championship. Reynolds placed seventh at the meet as a freshman with a 2.14-meter leap and placed eighth at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March of his sophomore campaign with a 2.20-meter leap, earning All-America honors at both meets.
The Quakers went into last week’s NCAA Track & Field Championship meet in Jacksonville, Fla., with a majority of the athletes needing career performances to advance.
The men’s and women’s track teams are sending four men and five women to Florida for the qualifying rounds of the NCAA Track & Field Championships, which will take place from May 24-26.
While the women dominated the performances on the track and in the field yesterday, it was the men’s turn Friday.
Judge, the senior from Tewksbury, Mass., managed to get over bar at 1.68 meters but missed on all three attempts at her next height. It didn’t matter as all her competitors also failed and Judge was declared the winner having jumped flawlessly at lower heights.
High school track at Penn Relays may be most noteworthy, as many of the participants will potentially find themselves competing for or against Penn in the near future.
The women’s team has a legitimate shot at sweeping all three distance relays if they have enough in the tank.
Women’s track and field coach Gwen Harris knew her group of 13 recruits was going to be special when they entered Penn as freshmen four years ago.
She just didn’t know how special.
For Brian Chaput, a Penn 2004 graduate and javelin thrower making a bid for the U.S. Olympic team, the journey to greatness has had several hurdles along the way.