May 8, 2023 –
The University of Pennsylvania hosted the Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Franklin Field over the weekend. The Quakers placed third in the women’s meet with 118 points while the men’s team ranked fourth earning 79 points. The Harvard Crimson won both the men’s and women’s rankings getting 203 and 193 points in meet.
Earning Ivy Champion status for the Red and Blue were four individual athletes and a relay team. Maeve Stiles topped the women’s 10,000m field winning in a time of 34:05.80 to give the Quakers 10 team points. In the women’s 100m hurdles Katherine Muccio earned an Ivy title running a 13.51 time. Moforehan Abinusawa crossed the finish line first in the 100m dash in 11.47. In the event Christiana Nwachuku placed fifth (11.73) to add 12 points to the women’s team total. The women’s 4 x 400 Relay team placed first as Isabella Whittaker, Jocelyn Niemiec, Aliya Garozzo, and Nwachuku covered the distance in 3:37.26. In the 4 x 100 Relay Penn won it in 45.19. Abinusawa, Whittaker, Muccio, and Nwachuku held the baton. For the men’s team Michael Keehan won the 3000m Steeplechase in 8:45.65 and added 10 points to the team total.
Placing second and adding 8 points each for the team, Penn had two women runners earn those points. In the 3000m Steeplechase Olivia Morganti turned in a time of 10:17.26. In the 400m event Whittaker ran second in 52.65. In the same race Niemiec placed fourth running a 54.37. The team picked up 12 points by their effort. Bronwyn Patterson finished in 2:04.95. Julia Fenerty of Dartmouth won the race on a meet record time of 2:03.81.
The men’s team Decathlete Andrew Colbert scored 6,979 points to place second. The 4 x 800 Relay and the 4 x 100 Relay team were second. The 4 x 100 Relay team got nosed out by Harvard. Dmitri Nicholson, Devonte Haywood, Andrew O’Donnell, and Aaron Stillitano posted a time of 40.37. The 4 x 800 team of Holden Emery, Liam Going, Denis Gallagher, and Titus Bretzke covered the distance in 7:25.29.
Six third place finishers contributed 6 points each for their team. On the track Aliya Garozzo ran the 400m Hurdles in 1:00.30. In the 200m run Abinusawa ran a 23.54 just ahead of Nwachuku who hit the finish line just .12 seconds later. Penn earned 10 team points in the event. Stiles placed third in the 5,000m in 16:26.28. She scored a total of 16 points for the Red and Blue. In the men’s 1500m Zubeir Dagone got third place running 3:44.52. Both teams had third place in the Pole Vault. Meghan Hart had a height of 3.83m. James Rhoads got up to 5.32m.
The men’s team got six fourth place point totals. In the Men’s 10,000m Dylan Throop ran a 29:57.13. Liam O’Hara took forth in the 400m Hurdles in 52.43. The 4 x 400 Relay team of O’Connell, Alec Jackson, Robbie Ruppel, and Emerson Douds posted a time of 3:10.40. On the field Atticus Soehren threw the Javelin 59.75m which came on his fourth throw. In his second attempt in the Hammer Throw Scott Dochat got a distance of 61.18. In the High Jump Mark Anselmi cleared 2.08m. Jack Meigel placed fifth getting over the bar set at 1.97m. The Quakers added 5 team points from this event.
Earning a two points via a 5th place finishing on the track for the women’s team was the 4 x 800 Relay team as Arielle Brueninger, Elizabeth Orr, Olivia Babski, and Chloe Hassman ran the race in 8:49.45. In the field Daniella Oyenuga in the long jump had a 6.12m effort on her third jump. Also in her third attempt Elliot Bush threw the Javelin 43.89m. In the Triple Jump Tamara Grahovac had a distance of 12.57m on her initial jump, and that held for the scoring place. Angeludi Asaah threw the Discus 48.20m on her third attempt.
For the men’s team had Shane Gardner earned two points in the 110m Hurdles running a 14.27. O’Donnell ran a 47.74 in the 400m to place fifth. Alec Jackson covered the distance in 1:51.05 in the 800m race. Throop placed fifth in the 5000m to score a total of 6 points in the Heps.
The IC4A/ECAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships loom next for qualifying athletes. The meet will take place on May 12 – 14 in Fairfax, VA.
Written By: Glenn Papazian