After a Spring Break trip to the West Coast and then a two-week long hiatus from competition, the men’s and women’s track & field teams return to action on this side of the country when it travels to Philadelphia for the Penn Invitational on Sunday.
On its trip to California, the Red stole the sunshine from the Golden State’s schools in both competitions it took part in.
The men won both the Long Beach Classic and the UC-Irvine Invite, while the women pulled off the exact same accomplishment on their side.
At the Long Beach event, the men were especially strong in the jumps, taking first in the high jump (Pete Ippel), pole vault (Scott Lundy), long jump (Nick Senter), and triple jump (Tyler Kaune). Other firsts came from Max King in the 5000 meter steeplechase and Scott Benowicz in the javelin.
For the women, Katy Jay took top honors in the 100 and 200. Kim Chatman earned first 1500 and Danielle Brown claimed first in the triple jump.
Although the venue may have changed for the UC-Irvine meet, the results didn’t. On the men’s side, Travis Offner took the pole vault, John Corley crossed the line first in the 3000 steeplechase and Jeremy Blanchet won the hammer throw.
For the women, Jay once again stole first in the 100, , Brown won the triple jump, and Jessica Parrott earned the top spot in the 3000.
After this coming event, the team will split up for next weekend. Part of the squad will head to the highly competitive Sea Ray Relays in Nashville, Tenn., meanwhile, the rest of the crew will participate in the Columbia Invitational.
Archived article by Shiva Nagaraj