Penn track and field shattered records like glass with another great weekend showing.
This past weekend, men’s and women’s track continued their blazing form and represented the Red and Blue well at both the Florida Relays and Raleigh Relays.
Against tough competition from across the nation at both events, the Quakers held their own and set five new school records over the weekend, as well as totaling 16 new top-10 marks in individual events.
At the Florida Relays in Gainesville, the Red and Blue did not let the humid weather affect their performance, as a group of athletes moved up in the program’s rankings in their events.
The 4x400-meter relay team of Candace Taylor, Uchechi Nwogwugwu, and Caroline O’Neil set a new school record with their time of 3:37.17, which was good enough for a third-place finish.
Junior high jumper Anna Peyton Malizia finished fourth with her mark of 1.76m, tying her indoor record and setting a new outdoor school record in the process.
For the men, sprinters freshman Marvin Morgan and junior Calvary Rogers continued to impress. The rookie sped out to a 10.66 mark in the 100m, and Rogers’ time of 21.05, tying his personal best and fourth best in Penn’s history, earned him a top ten finish in the 200m dash.
Sophomore pole vaulter Sean Clarke again stood out in the field, clearing 5.32m for a second place finish and coming close to his personal best of 5.35m.
Hosted by North Carolina State, the Raleigh Relays were another great success for Penn’s track and field teams. The event saw Quakers earn three new school records coming from a trio of women, all from different years and a sign of an overall well-balanced roster.
Abby Hong once again proved she owns the distance races, as the senior captain finished ninth in the 5,000m race with a time of 16:05.26, setting a new program record and currently the seventh fastest time in the NCAA East region.
Carrying momentum from the Penn Challenge last weekend, sophomore Maura Kimmel broke the school record in the discus for the second straight competition, throwing 53.83m. This mark was not only historic for the program, but it also put Kimmel seventh in the NCAA East and third all-time in the Ivy League.
Freshman Ashley Anumba followed up on Kimmel’s success with history of her own, putting up a distance of 50.70m in the distance, good for second in program history behind just Kimmel. In the shot put, her mark of 13.77m put her into the top five for the Red and Blue all-time.
Junior Rachel Lee Wilson finished third in the hammer throw and was also a program record breaker, throwing a distance of 57.87m and beating her old mark of 57.72m.
On the men’s side, Penn took fourth and fifth in the discus behind a pair of freshmen. Jake Kubiatowicz and Chudi Ikpeazu both threw further than 49m, and with three years still to compete, both will look to build on this early success.
Both the men and women will be in action for the third weekend in a row when they travel to Princeton to compete in the Sam Howell Invitational this Friday and Saturday.
If the team does as well as in the past two weekends, it will rewrite the record books.
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