Both men's and women's track have hit their stride going into the home stretch of the season, a stretch that sees them face traditional rivals in the Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet and also in the upcoming Heptagonal Championships.
The weekend saw seven meet records broken, and although the men fell short of victory, the future appears bright for both squads.
The women squared-off against Penn, eventually winning handily by 18 points, 68-50. But this margin is somewhat deceptive, for the Tigers yielded 18 points in the throwing events because of Princeton's dearth of throwers.
The key moment of the meet took place in the 400 meters. Junior Bynia Reed, who has been on a tear as of late, shredded her competition en route to a meetand school-record 56.02-second time. Close behind her, sophomore Alison Brown finished second in a time of 57.11.
It was sweet revenge for Reed who was beaten at the tape last year by Penn's Jen Roy, the fourth-place finisher this year.
"That was key," head coach Pete Farrell said of the 400. "It was pivotal. That kind of set the tone for the meet."
Reed came back for the 4x400 relay, which perhaps posted the most impressive performance of the day, beating the Quakers by over a minute, finishing with a time of 3:49.29.
Senior Nicole Harrison shone as she has all season, besting two records she set last year in the 55 meters and the 200 meters, running 6.96 and 24.57 seconds respectively. Other performers have been particularly solid throughout the season and continued their dominance over the weekend. Freshman Rebecca Desman leapt five feet, eight inches in the high jump for a first place and a meet record.
The junior duo of Heather Onuma and Betsy Packard cruised to victory in the mile and 3000 meters respectively. Onuma's winning time was 5:06.47, while Packard finished in 9:56.91.
Onuma also came back to finish second in the two mile, running valiantly to try to catch Packard but finishing in 10:01.94.
Although the men lost the tri-meet with Penn State and Con-necticut by a score of 59.33 to the Nittany Lions' 61.33 and the Huskies' 60.33 points, several individuals set precedents for themselves and the team.
The Tigers won each of the final relays in an attempt to climb back and win the meet, but fell just short.
Nevertheless, the 4x400-meter relay, like that of the women, set a meet standard, winning in 3:15.63.
Freshman Biren Roy ran an exceptionally strong 1000 meters, crossing the line in 2:29.06, also a record time, while senior Adam Stuhlfalt set the meet record in the 3000 meters, running 8:22.66.
With both teams traveling up to Cambridge for H-Y-Ps next weekend, there might be another slew of record-breaking performances and perhaps two team victories as well.