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.
For fourth-grade runner Emily Hauck, the Penn Relays were as unfamiliar as the crowd of people surrounding her as she took her place in the paddock minutes before her race.