August 11, 2016 |
PRESEASON MEDIA polls are nothing more than hopefully educated projections and a place to start. A year ago, coming off a 2-8 season and with a new coach in longtime assistant Ray Priore, Penn's football team was picked to finish sixth in the Ivy League, the lowest it had been voted in more than two decades. So the Quakers proceeded to win their last six games - which meant going on the road in November and handing defending champion Harvard its lone loss - to get their first title since 2012.
July 10, 2016 |
EUGENE, Ore. - When former West Catholic High School and University of Southern California star Nia Ali claimed a place in the women's 100-meter hurdles final with a 12.68 second place in her semifinal Friday afternoon at the Olympic trials, it proved to be just the beginning. Two hours later, she turned in the real shocker. In the day's final event, Ali ran the race of her life - placing third in the 100 final in the best time of her life, 12.55 - to win a Rio berth. Brianna Rollins (12.39)
May 22, 2016 |
Penn and Penn State's women's lacrosse teams are set to face off Saturday in State College in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals. For either team, a win would mark a milestone in recent school history. Penn State hasn't made the semifinals since 1999, while Penn has not gotten there since 2009. The Lions (13-6) are coming off a 14-13 overtime win against Florida. Penn (15-4) decisively defeated its first two tournament opponents. The Quakers took down Wagner, 17-7, before overpowering Towson, 12-4.
May 5, 2016 |
Many people contributed to the ninth regular-season Ivy League women's lacrosse title in the last 10 years for Penn, but a big assist goes to senior attack Nina Corcoran. Make that several assists. Corcoran, who on Wednesday was named the Ivy League attacker of the year, leads the nation with 48 assists and 3.2 assists per game for the 12-3 Quakers, who are ranked No. 12 in the most recent Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association poll. As with anybody who dishes to teammates with such stunning regularity, Corcoran is often thinking a play or two ahead of the opposition.
May 4, 2016 |
About 1,500 students in the University of Pennsylvania's School of Arts and Sciences will collect their diplomas at a ceremony on May 15, but not all eyes will be on them. Both Donald Trump and Joe Biden will be in the audience - not as presidential candidate and sitting vice president, but as parent and grandparent of two graduates: Trump's 22-year-old daughter, Tiffany (with former wife Marla Maples), and Biden's granddaughter Naomi. Security will be especially tight, and Penn will be advising parents and students to get there early.
May 2, 2016 |
The Penn Relays is the place for athletes to bring their best. But what happens if their bodies betray them the day before the competition? Delsea senior Jarrod Brovero found himself in such a predicament before the pole vault championship Saturday at Franklin Field. Despite a balky right knee, the Rutgers-bound vaulter finished third with a height of 13 feet, 111/4 inches. "It was the oddest thing," he said. "It was like a sharp pain when I was walking. I was kind of confused, like: 'Where did this come from?
May 2, 2016 |
Thomas Awad admitted he "wasn't feeling too hot" running the anchor leg during the men's 4-by-mile relay championship Saturday at the Penn Relays and wondered whether he'd have enough in the tank to overtake the leaders and challenge at the end. But this was the Penn Relays, and Awad runs for Penn, and the Quakers hadn't won a relay race of any kind at their home carnival since 1974, or in this event since 1950. So Awad, a senior who finished third in last month's NCAA indoor championships, found that extra burst of energy and put it into overdrive to pass Indiana and Georgetown with 50 meters to go to claim the upset and end the Quakers' drought at Franklin Field.
May 1, 2016 |
Before shining in cross-country and track and field, Phoebe Clowser was a hardworking defender in ice hockey. She honed her skills with the West Chester-based Quakers and played two seasons at North Penn. "It was so much fun," Clowser said. "I really loved it. And the boys at North Penn treated me and my older sister [Dara] very well. They were so nice and supportive. " The 17-year-old opted to hang up her stick for good and concentrate on running after her sophomore year. On Friday afternoon at the 122nd annual Penn Relays, Clowser's second-leg effort helped spark North Penn to a satisfying fourth-place showing in the girls' 4x800 Championship of America relay.
April 29, 2016 |
Some new coaches will be present at Franklin Field this week amid all the teams competing at all levels at the 122nd Penn Relays. But it's a safe bet that very few are happier than Mike Smith, the first-year director of track and field at Georgetown and a former Hoya runner who clocked a personal-best time at Penn in the 5,000 meters in the early 2000s. "I've got fond memories of that venue as an athlete," Smith said this week, "and it's an honor to come back, given Georgetown has such a rich history at the Penn Relays, to lead them as coach.
November 10, 2015 |
IN PENN STATE'S six previous games, Christian Hackenberg had thrown 12 touchdown passes and no interceptions. Saturday at 21st-ranked Northwestern, he had no TDs and a pick. And the Nittany Lions (7-3, 4-2 Big Ten) lost on a 35-yard field goal by Jack Mitchell with 9 seconds left, 23-21. Mitchell had earlier missed twice, from 39 and 47, and also missed a PAT. Last year he kicked a 41-yard game-winner in overtime against Notre Dame, after tying it late in regulation from 45. Hackenberg did complete 21 of 40 passes for 210 yards.