PHILADELPHIA CREAM – The University of Pennsylvania track and field programs split for two meets this past weekend, competing at the Tennessee Relays and the Mason Spring Invitational in Virginia.
The weekend was marked by two program records by Skyla Wilson and Haley Rizekas well as the fourth highest score in the program’s history in the pole vault by Abby Norwillo.
TENNESSEE RELAYS SUMMARY
Eight Quakers made the trip to Knoxville for the three-day Tennessee relays, with Wilson and Rizek setting program records in their respective events.
Wilson, who set the 100m hurdles record just weeks ago, set the mark even lower on Friday, clocking 13.51 to finish fifth in the event. Rizek competed in the heptathlon for the second time this season, collecting a total of 5,237 points over two days to propel her to the top of the record books and finishing fourth in the event out of 16 scorers.
Isabelle Whittaker, Jocelyne Niemiecand Caia Gelli also competed individually in the 400m on Friday. Whittaker was part of the “power hour,” taking fourth place with a time of 55.87. Niemiec (56.14) and Gelli (56.26) raced in the 400m flight, finishing third and fourth respectively.
The trio and Wilson also teamed up for the 4×400, taking third place with a time of 3:41.61.
Out to throws, Mayyi Mahama narrowly missed his program best of 65.66, taking third place with a throw of 65.01. in the javelin, Marc Minichello won second place with a throw of 74.91.
André Colbert rounded out the Tennessee Quakers squad, competing in the decathlon where he tallied 6,251 points for 18th place.
MASON SPRING INVITATION SUMMARY
The rest of the Quakers squad had a successful day at George Mason on Saturday, led by Norwillo who posted the fourth-best pole vault score in program history. On her first attempt, she cleared a height of 3.97m for the win.
Norwillo was joined by numerous teammates who placed in the top five during the competition. On the women’s side, the Quakers had 12 top-five honors with four wins.
In the high jump, Claire Moreau and Addie Renner each cleared 1.68m on their first attempt to take first. In the 100m hurdles, Shevel Higgs clocked a record time of 14.31, while Katherine Muccio came right behind her in second place with a time of 14.37.
Also on the track, Bronwyn Patterson (2:08.13) finished second in the 800m, and Ariana Gardizy in her first outdoor appearance of the season, she crossed the finish line in second place in the 5,000m with a time of 17:03.06. Zoe Shetty took fifth place in the race, with a time of 17:10.95. Ruth Itua and Aliya Garozzo each took fifth place in their events. Itua finished in 24.65 in the 200m and Garozzo clocked 56.31 in the 400m.
At throws, Kirstin West took second place in the javelin with a throw of 42.52m.
On the men’s side, the Quakers have posted 17 top-five finishes, including four wins. Mason Gatewood won the 1500m with a time of 3:47.96. The Quakers also won the 4×100, crossing at 41.28. The other victories came in jumps, with Conrad Moore clearing 2.09m on his first high jump attempt, and James Rhoads winning the pole vault with a height of 5.17 m. Benedikt Sachta took third place in the jump, clearing 4.82m.
On the track, Weston Wendt finished second in the 100m with a time of 10.79, while Emerson Douds took third place in the 200m in 21.63. At 800m, Ray Sellaro led a trio of Quakers across the line from second to fourth. Sellaro took second place with a time of 1:50.92, while James Lee (1:50.97) and Edwin Klanke (1:51.24) was close behind. At 5000m, Justin Iller and Dylan Throop took second and third place respectively with times of 14:28.11 and 14:29.09.
In the hedges, Liam O’Hara won second place in the 400m with a time of 54.33, and Enoch Cheung took fifth place in the 110m at 14.49.
Elijah Cook wrapped up the Quaker’s top five in the javelin, taking fourth place with a throw of 60.18m.
The Quakers continue the season next weekend at the Larry Ellis Invitational. The two-day meeting begins Friday in Princeton.