Quakers place first in baker’s dozen of events

Penn track & field athletes won 13 events at the Seahawk Invitational over the weekend in Staten Island, New York.

Shane Gardner leaps over a hurdle during a race in Staten Island.
Second-year Shane Gardner won the 60m hurdles with a time of 7.98. (Image: Penn Athletics)

Thirteen was a lucky number on Friday for the men’s and women’s track & field teams. At the Seahawk Invitational in New York, hosted by Wagner College at the Ocean Breeze Complex in Staten Island, Penn athletes placed first in a baker’s dozen of events.

On the women’s side, first-year Evangeline Thomson started off her collegiate career in record-setting fashion. She won the pole vault and set a new school record with a height of 4.00m (13 feet, 1.5 inches). Second-year Moforehan Abinusawa won the 60m with a time of 7.34, which tied her own school record. Fourth-year Isabella Whittaker finished first in the 300m with a time of 37.66, a new facility record.

In the 600m, third-year Jocelyn Niemiec was victorious with a time of 1:34.29. In the 1,000m, first-year Camille Jordan triumphed with a time of 2:54.22. In the mile, third-year Chloe Hassman prevailed with a time of 4:59.32.

Second-year Morayo Kassim, second-year Christiana Nwachuku, Niemiec, and second-year Megan Webb won the 4x400m with a time of 3:47.56.

Last but not least, second-year Stella Inman placed first in the shot put with a throw of 13.48m (44 feet, 2.75 inches).

On the men’s side, second-year Shane Gardner won the 60m hurdles with a time of 7.98. Third-year Titus Bretzke finished first in the 600m with a time of 1:19.27. Fourth-year Denis Gallagher won the 1,000m with a time of 2:24.47.

Fourth-year Dimitri Nicholson, second-year Devante Heywood, second-year Andrew O’Donnell, and second-year Alec Jackson placed first in the 4x400m with a time of 3:17.37.

Fourth-year Scott Toney won the pole vault, clearing 5.40m (17 feet, 8.5 inches).

The Quakers’ next meet is the Penn 10-Team Select on Jan. 13, back at the Ocean Breeze Complex in Staten Island.