Fast times at Boston U

Members of the women’s track and field team set new school, Ivy League, and facility records on Saturday at Boston University.

 Isabella Whittaker races down the track during an indoor meet.
Fourth-year sprinter Isabella Whittaker of the women’s track and field team. (Image: Penn Athletics)

Fourth-year sprinter Isabella Whittaker of the women’s track and field team was a part of two record-setting races on Saturday at the John Thomas Terrier Classic at Boston University. Individually, she set a new school, Ivy League, and facility record in the 400 meter-dash with a time of 51.96, breaking her own records she set a fortnight ago at the Penn-10 Select. She topped second-place Lauren Cadden (54.51), third-place Bethany DeLoof (55.12), and fourth-place Divonne Franklin (55.27).

Running with second-year Christiana Nwachuku, third-year Jocelyn Niemiec, and fourth-year Aliya Garozzo, Whittakerwas also a part of the relay team that set a new record in the women’s 1600 relay. Their time of 3:32.44 broke the four-year-old school record, the facility record, and the Ivy League record. They outclassed second-place Stanford (3:37.99), third-place Boston College (3:44.09), and fourth-place BYU (3:44.70).

Whittaker is currently the school record-holder in the 400-meter dash (51.96), the 500 meters (1:10.12), and the 4x400 meter relay (3:32.44). She ranks third all-time in the 60 meters (7.50) and 10th in the 200-meter dash (24.55).
Four-hundred-and-forty miles away in State College, Pennsylvania, the men’s track and field team also put up a record-breaking performance and a first-place feat. Competing in the Penn State National Open at University Park, fourth-year Scott Toney set a new school record in the pole vault with a mark of 5.50 meters (18 feet 0.5 inches).

Second-year Kampton Kam ;placed first in the high jump with a mark of 2.15 meters (7 feet 0.5 inches, which set a new national record in his native country of Singapore.

Next up for the Quakers is the Sykes-Sabock Challenge on Saturday, Feb. 3, in State College.