Penn track stars soar at Seahawk Shootout

At the Seahawk Shootout on Friday in Staten Island, New York, the opening meet of Penn’s indoor track & field season, the Quakers stockpiled 14 first-place finishes.

The team of senior Haley Rizek (pictured), senior Skyla Wilson, freshman Caia Gelli, and freshman Jocelyn Niemiec won the women’s 4x400 relay on Friday at the Seahawk Shootout in Staten Island, New York. (Image: Penn Athletics)

Penn’s track & field teams bolted out of the starting blocks on Friday in the Seahawk Shootout in Staten Island, New York, the Red & Blue’s first meet of the indoor season and first indoor competition since March of 2020.

Hosted by Wagner College at Ocean Breeze Park, the event featured eight Division I programs and 12 Division II and Division III programs. Collectively, the Quakers’ men’s and women’s teams racked up 14 first-place finishes.

Three of the first-place feats came in the pole vault. Freshman James Rhoads finished No. 1 among men with a mark of 5.15m, and senior Abby Norwillo and freshman Meghan Hart tied for the top spot among women; both cleared 3.70m.

The Red & Blue also swept the 300m, the 1000m, and the 4x400 relay. Junior Emerson Douds placed first in the men’s 300m with a time of 34.24. Freshman Jocelyn Niemiec topped the field in the women’s 300m with a time of 40.34.

In the men’s 1000m, senior Tim Dolan prevailed with a time of 2:26.80. Senior Caroline O’Sullivan carried the day in the women’s 1000m with a time of 2:59.75.

Douds, freshman Adam Gorka, sophomore Liam O’Hara, and junior Antaures Jackson placed first in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:19.51. Senior Skyla Wilson, freshman Caia Gelli, senior Haley Rizek, and Niemiec were victorious in the women’s 4x400 relay with a time of 3:52.65.

Elsewhere, senior Cameron Landis took the top spot in the men’s shot put with a throw of 16.96m, and senior William Hare won the men’s 3000m with a time of 8:15.98.

Likewise, senior Tamara Grahovac placed first in the women’s triple jump with a mark of 11.76m. In the women’s 300m, Niemiec was the victor with a time of 40.34.

Sophomore Maeve Stiles finished first in the women’s mile with a time of 4:58.70. In the 60m hurdles, freshman Shevell Higgs led the field with a time of 8.88.

Next up for the Quakers is the Penn 10-Team Select on Jan. 15, back on Staten Island at Ocean Breeze Park.