PHILADELPHIA - The La Salle women's track squad made a big statement on the opening night of Penn Relays at Franklin Field last night, as the Explorers saw school and personal records fall.
The distance medley relay squad of Wendy Hutchinson (Dover, Pa./Dover), Lolita Thomas(Philadelphia, Pa./Northeast), Tori Pisco (Naugatuck, Conn./Naugatuck) and Caitlin Storbeck(Eagleville, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) broke the school record with a time of 11:40.05. They smashed the old record of 11:44.20, set in 2002. The squad also finished second in the race out of 14 teams.
Meghan McGlinchey (West Deptford, N.J./West Deptford) bested her personal 5K record, running a 16:20.76 to beat her personal best of 16:27.76. She also finished fourth in the race out of 25 competitors.
Meghan Lutz (Langhorne, Pa./Nazareth Academy) also ran a strong race on Thursday night, finishing third in the 10K with a 35:27.27. That marked a personal record for Lutz, as her previous best 10K time was a 35:40.87 set two years ago at the Penn Relays.
Samantha Gallagher (Springfield, Pa./Springfield) ran a season-best 3K steeplechase time of 11:00.66, besting her previous season best of 11:02.44 at the Larry Ellis Invitational two weeks ago. She finished 14th out of 23 runners.
"The La Salle women had a great day at Penn Relays today," Head Coach Dan Ireland said. "The school record in the DMR was fantastic! As were the races of McGlinchey in the 5k and Lutz in the 10k. Both were [personal records] and should qualify them for the NCAA Regionals."
Next up for the Explorer women is the 4x800 championship, set for 4:10 p.m. on Saturday.