At their first meets of the indoor season over the weekend—the Navy Invitational in Annapolis, Maryland, and the UConn MultiEvent Challenge in Storrs, Connecticut—the women’s and men’s track & field teams placed first in five events. Additionally, seven athletes entered Penn’s Top 10 all-time record book with their performances.
The women’s team was victorious in four events. Junior sprinter Uchechi Nwogwugwu won the 500m with a time of 1.13.13; sophomore thrower Mayyi Mahama won the weight throw with a mark of 19.48m; freshman hurdler Lauryn Harris placed first in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.55, the third-best in school history; and senior thrower Maura Kimmel finished first in the shot put with a throw of 15.76m.
Furthermore, freshman hurdler Grace O’Shea finished inches behind Harris in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.58, the fourth-best in school history. Senior hurdler Breanne Bygrave, who holds the school record in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.40, finished third with a time of 8.72.
In the 60m dash, sophomore sprinter Mia Knight placed second with a time of 7.60, the fifth-best in school history. In the 400m, senior sprinter Elena Brown-Soler finished second with a time of 55.54, the fourth-best in program history. Freshman thrower Morgan Johnson finished third in the shot put with a throw of 13.54m, eighth all-time in school history.
On the track, freshman sprinter Josh Bridges finished fourth in the 60m dash with a time of 6.95, the eighth-best in program history.
Competing at the University of Connecticut, senior multi-event athlete Evan Lee complied 5,507 points in the heptathlon, which converted to 5,532 points by virtue of running on a flat track instead of a banked one. Both of his times are program records.