Eliana Yankelev doesn’t let life’s biggest obstacles get in her way.
A member of the track and field team at the University of Pennsylvania, the 20-year-old sophomore competes in sprints, hurdles and the long jump.
Not so long ago, she was a student-athlete at Lower Merion High School. Back then, Yankelev knew that she had a major hurdle ahead: coming out as gay.
Like any college-bound student, she did her research on which colleges suited her best. But Penn’s reputation for being a gay-friendly campus stood out to her.