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Big 5 Track Invitational, Kali Strother Credit: Alexandra Fleischman

Both the men and women’s track and field teams headed north on 1-95 to Princeton this weekend, braving unfavorable weather conditions to compete in the Larry Ellis Invitational.

The unscored meet served as a de facto tune-up for the 117th running of the Penn Relays and was the first meet off an ankle injury for senior standout Kali Strother.

Both teams combined for 23 top-three finishes across the various sections, with sophomore sprinter Nony Onyeador grabbing a team-leading three.

Fellow sophomore Matt Chylak had two finishes in the top three for the men’s team, while juniors Emily Townsend and Kesi Irvin also had two apiece for the women.

Freshman Maalik Reynolds continued his season-long dominance of the high jump, leaping 7 feet, 1.5 inches (2.17 meters) to easily win the event. The jump was nearly three inches better then the closest jumper.

Sophomore distance runner Leslie Kovach won the 3,000-meter run in 9:42, the second-fastest time of her career.

The men’s 4x400 team, run by senior Darryll Oliver, junior Brian Rosenthal and sophomores Seck Barry and Allante Keels finished the race in fifth with a time of 3:14.03, the fastest of the season. Rosenthal also came in first in the 400-meter dash, while Barry finished second in the 110 meter hurdles.

Both teams are heading into the Penn Relays next weekend on a high note. The action kicks off Thursday at 10 a.m.

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