PHILADELPHIA - Just one meet remains before the selections for the NCAA Championships take place. The University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team will head to the IC4A Championships this weekend, where those that qualified for the meet at Princeton will have one last chance to improve their marks before the NCAA qualifiers are announced.
The meet begins on Friday night with several distance events and then kicks into full gear on Saturday beginning with the 4x100-meter relay at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 1:45 p.m. with the 4x400-meter relay. The final day of competition will start with the shot put at 9 a.m. and conclude with the 4x400-meter relay finals at 3:05 p.m.
Last week, freshman Sam Mattis and junior Maalik Reynolds earned All-Ivy honors for the Quakers at the Heptagonal Championships. Mattis' won the Heps title in the discus with a toss of 58.34 meters (191 feet, 5 inches). That broke a 21-year-old Heps record and improved upon his own school record. The East Brunswick, N.J., nativebecame the first Quaker to win the Heps discus title in nearly a decade (Justin King in 2004). Reynolds earned his sixth career All-Ivy honor with a second-place showing in the high jump.
Last year at this meet, the 4x800-meter relay accumulated all six of Penn's points with its impressive third-place finish. The Quakers were a little more than a second behind Fordham's championship-winning time of 7:28.49. Robby Harwood, Matt Chylak, Brian Fulton and Mato Bekelja reached the IC4A final with a third-place finish in their heat (7:35.52) and entered the final as the sixth seed.
A full recap of the 2013 Outdoor IC4A Championships will be available at PennAthletics.com shortly after the completion of the meet.