Season Heating Up for Penn Track

Senior distance runner Megan Powell gives us an inside look at the Quakers' upcoming meet at the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton. 

The Quakers are coming off of an exciting two weeks, which included hosting athletes from Cambridge and Oxford last week, and competing at George Mason for one of the biggest collegiate invitationals this past weekend. Before the Brits came to Philly, they lost a dual meet in which Penn teamed up with Cornell in to take the win. Great performances were had, with one of the most significant being Conner Paez’s return race after over a year and a half of intense PT and training following an accident that left him in recovery at the start of the 2011 school year.

Both teams enjoyed the great opportunity to get to know the Brits, which was especially interesting since Penn hosted athletes from the University of Birmingham in England just last year. Next year, Penn and Cornell will hold a dual meet against each other to form a team that will then go overseas to be hosted in return.

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Weekend Wrap

The women's basketball team wasn't the only Penn team to find success this weekend, as the wrestling, tennis, gymnastics, swimming and track and field teams also were in action. For a look back at the wrestling team's win against Columbia, the tennis teams victories over Stony Brook, and the gymnastics team's outstanding performance, among other matchups from the past weekend, here is this week's edition of Weekend Wrap.

Wrestling:

The No. 23 Quakers secured a decisive victory over Ivy League rival Columbia over the weekend due in large part to strong production from its light and heavy weights. Penn kicked off the meet with a hot start, as No. 20 Mark Rappo, No. 11 C.J. Cobb and sophomore Jeff Canfora secured wins in their respective bouts. After dropping a few matchups in the middle weights, the Red and Blue captured their final three bouts, securing the victory for the Quakers.

Penn wrestling closes out Columbia in New York

Gymnastics:

The Penn gymnastics squad posted the fourth-highest team score in program history on Sunday, but came up just short against Bridgeport. The Quakers, whose 193.975 team score was the highest of the season, were led by seniors Kirsten Strausbaugh and Megan Milavec, along with freshman Elyse Shenberger. Although the team fell 195.325-193.975, the Red and Blue turned in season highs in each event and look to carry their momentum into the Ivy Classic next week.

Penn gymnastics posts season highs for all events in loss

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