Penn Takes Third Place in 4 x 400 Relay Championship of America

The University of Pennsylvania Women’s Relay Team Sets a School Record in the Event

April 27, 2024 –

The University of Pennsylvania women’s 4 x 400 Relay team qualified for the Championship of America race. The team had the sixth fastest time in the qualifying heats, and made it on time.

Penn would face a powerful field. Of the eight teams that took to the starting line, six teams posted a time in the top-twenty this season. The Quakers would have to run their best, and did. The Red and Blue was third and set a school record of 3:29.29 in this event. Houston won the race in 3:27.32 and defending champion Texas A&M was second posting a time of 3:29.27.

Jocelyn Niemiec, Aliya Garozzo, and Christiana Nwachuku had Penn in fifth place after three legs in 2:39.25. Isabella Whittaker took the baton for the anchor leg and ran a 50.05 split to propel the Quakers into 3rd place. It was the fastest segment of all of the fourth runners.

Other Penn Notables

On the track the Quakers fielded a team in the Women’s 4 x 800 Relay Championship of America. Penn took 6th place running a time of 8:36.04. Participating were Elizabeth Orr, Bronwyn Patterson. Camille Jordan, and Chloe Hassman.

The day after setting a program record time of 3:06.23 in the qualifiers Penn followed up with a 6th place finish in the Men’s 4 x 400 Championship of America covering the distance in 3:07.01. Dimitri Nicholson, Nayyir Newash-Campbell, Andrew O’Donnell, and Ryan Matulonis ran for the Red and Blue.

In the field the Quakers got a one/two finish in the Men’s Pole Vault Championship. James Rhodes won the event clearing 5.36m. Teammate Scott Toney was second at 5.26m. Fellow Quaker Benedikt Sachta placed eighth going over the bar at 4.86m. In the women’s Pole Vault Evangeline Thomson got 10th place at 3.75m. Also in the jumps Penn’s Mark Hellwig was 8th going 2.06m over the bar. Danielle Oyenuga was fifth in the women’s long jump going 5.65m on her second attempt.

In the throws Angeludi Asaah was 6th landing the discus 49.75m down the course on the second attempt

Written By: Glenn Papazian


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