April 20, 2009

Red-Quaker Team Downs Brits

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Over the weekend, the track team teamed up with Penn’s track and field team at Franklin Field in Philadelphia for an international win. The Red represented the red, white and blue, as well as individually: both the men’s and women’s squads scored enough points to win the event on their own.
The biennial event was scored following traditional British scoring, with event winners notching one point for their team.
Of the 16 points scored by the American tag-team in the 16-3 win, 10 were scored by the Red.
Sophomore Adrienne Dannemiller won the 3000-m steeplechase in 9:02.40. The steeplechase is an international event that appears during the Olympics. The event includes 28 hurdle jumps and seven water jumps, which are 3.94 meters long.
Junior Charles Hatch won the 1500-m in 3:49.12, followed by fellow Red teammate junior Owen Kimple at 3:49.63. Senior Marcel Van Eeden came in first in the 400-m with a time of 47.87 seconds and freshman Nick Huber won in the 400-m hurdles at 53.51. Senior Nathan Crabtree won the 200-m dash with a time of 21.60.
In field events, the Red also excelled. In jumps, senior Garrett Huyler won the high jump with a measurement of 6-10.75, and junior Duane Teixeira won the long jump with 23-11. In throws, junior Damian Silverstrim won the hammer throw with a measurement of 165-10, and senior Erik Roneker won the shotput with a measurement of 52-10.25, closely trailed by freshman Bob Belden with a measurement of 52-8.25.
The women’s side demolished the Brits, winning 17-2. Of the 17 points, the Red was responsible for 12. Senior Rachel Kirsch won the women’s 3000-m steeplechase with a time of 11:03.92, followed by sophomore Maura Carroll at 11:08.86. Even though the Red was less familiar with the event than its British opponents, the team nevertheless excelled.
Freshman Taylor Baird won the 100-m hurdles in 14.49 seconds and junior Jessica Weyman won the 400-m hurdles in 1:00.16. Senior Erin Payne won the 400-m dash in 55.88 and freshman Krystal Williams won the 100-m dash with a time of 12.26.
The women’s relay teams also performed well, as the Red won the 4×100 and the A and B squads went Nos. 1-2 in the 4×400.
In field events, junior Natalie Gengel won the pole vault with a measurement of 11-11.75. The Red throwers won three of the four events. The team was led by senior Maria Matos, who won the discus throw with a measurement of 153-11, and the shotput with a measurement of 42-1.25. In the javelin throw, senior Erin Folger finished first with a measurement of 133-7.
In 2011, the Red and Quakers will travel across the Atlantic to participate in the event.
The Red faces a very busy upcoming week. The men and women will travel to Ithaca College tomorrow and return to the University of Pennsylvania on Wednesday for Penn Relays.