PRINCETON, N.J. - Jim Tully, Sam Mattis and the men's 4x400-meter relay all posted victories for the University of Pennsylvania track and field team at the Sam Howell Invitational this weekend, while Lydia Ali jumped into the school's all-time top 10 in two events.
Mattis became the first man in school history to eclipse 60 meters in the discus and is one of just seven in the nation to top that mark this season. He did so twice this weekend with his top toss measuring 60.50 meters (198 feet, 6 inches). It eclipsed his old school record -- which he set just two weeks ago at Franklin Field -- by two feet.
In the men's 4x400-meter relay, Penn earned a first-place finish with a time of 3:16.74. James Killian took the lead leg and was followed by Mato Bekelja and Ian Parnell, who handed to Tom Timmins for the anchor leg and the eventual win.
Tully won the javelin with his second throw of the meet. It landed at 62.07 meters (203-08 ft.) and was just outside the school's all-time top 10.
Senior sprinter Gabrielle Piper finished second in the women's 100-meter hurdles when she stopped the clock at 14.38. In another deep field, Piper was also among the top 10 in the 100 meters when she sprinted to a finish of 12.41 to place ninth among 31 competitors. Among that field was Ali who was second with the seventh-best time in school history -- 12.10.
Ali didn't stop there. She found her way into the record book again with a top-five finish in the 200 meters. Once again she slid into seventh-place on Penn's all-time list with her time of 24.78. Heather Bong, who is third all-time at Penn in the event, finished just in front of Ali with a fourth-place finish of 24.74.
On the men's side, the Quakers posted another runner-up finish in the hurdles when Ben Bowers finished second at 14.61 in the 110-meter hurdles -- just two-hundreths of a second behind the winner. Meanwhile, in the 400-meter hurdles, Timmins finished fourth with a time of 53.97.
Penn posted three in the top eight of the women's javelin. Lisa Sesink-Clee jumped into the school record book with the ninth-best toss in program history. She finished third when her best throw measured 42.56 meters (139-07 ft.). Kelsey Hay was fourth at 42.03 meters (137-11 ft.) and Serena Graf was eighth at 39.18 meters (128-06 ft.).
Amy Darlington also claimed a spot in the Penn record book. She finished the steeplechase in 11:01.08. Its the fourth-best time in school history.
In the high jump, Maalik Reynolds and Thomas Pitt were second and third in the men's high jump. Reynolds was the runner-up after he cleared 2.07 meters (6-09.50 ft.) and Pitt was third with a clearance of 2.04 meters (6-08.25 ft.). On the women's side, freshman Noel Jancewicz was third in the high jump with a leap of 1.65 meters (5-05 ft.).
Also for the women, Taylor Hennig was eighth in the 400 meters (57.43), Jenny Thompson was eighth in the triple jump at 11.42 meters (37-05.75 ft.) and Stephanie Green was ninth in the 400-meter hurdles (1:04.68).
For the men, Jake Brenza was third in the shot put with a toss of 16.64 meters (54-07.35 ft.), Noah Kennedy-White was fourth in the discus at 49.85 meters (163-06 ft.), Brendan Smith was third in the steeplechase at 9:05.40, Pitt was also fourth in the long jump with a leap of 6.81 meters (22-04.25 ft.), Bekelja was eighth in the 400 meters (49.55), Brandon Senior was eighth in the 100 meters (11.11).
Next Saturday the Quakers are at the George Mason Invitational.