PHILADELPHIA - Highlighted by a third-place finish in the 4x800-meter relay, the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team wrapped up the 2013 regular season at the 119th Penn Relays on Saturday.
There were 48,871 in attendance at historic Franklin Field on Saturday for a three-day total of 111,284 - eclipsing 110,000 fans for the sixth consecutive year. It is also the 10th straight year and the 13th time in the last 14 years with more than 100,000 spectators at the world's oldest and largest relay carnival.
Matt Chylak, Thomas Tallerico, Kirk Webb and Mato Bekelja made up Penn's third-place 4x800 relay team. Against a field of 33 schools, the Quakers were less than a second from claiming the Penn Relays title. The foursome stopped the clock at 7:30.12 which was only topped by Fordham (7:29.83) and East Carolina's winning time of 7:29.52.
Mason Smith, Kyle Webster, Seck Barry and Chad Payne edged Albany in the 4x200-meter relay to win their heat at 1:26.91. That qualified them for Saturday's IC4A final where the same foursome shaved a half second off their time. The Red and Blue stripes finished sixth overall at 1:26.42.
Highlighting the Quakers in the field events on Day Three was Karl Ingram in the javelin. He reached the finals and finished fifth among 25 competitors. His second toss of the day was his best and measured 61.66 meters (202 feet, 3 inches).
Also on Saturday, junior Maalik Reynolds was ninth in the high jump at 2.08 meters (6-09.75 ft.) and Jordan Jett was tops for the Quakers in the triple jump with a ninth-place leap of 13.90 meters (45-07.25 ft.).
A day earlier, among 27 teams in the distance medley relay, Penn impressed again with a fourth-place finish. John FoyeMato Bekelja and Thomas Awad stopped the clock at 9:50.23. Penn also posted three top-five finishes in the field events. Freshman Thomas Pitt now stands just outside the school's all-time top 10 with a collegiate-best effort of 2.08 meters (6 feet, 9 3/4 inches) to place him third in the Eastern high jump. Meanwhile, classmate Sam Mattis finished fourth in the discus championship at 57.11 meters (187-04 ft.) - that would have passed the school record had he not set the standard even higher during Penn's home opener last month. Junior Jake Brenza was second in the Eastern shot put with a mark of 16.39 meters (53-09.25 ft.) - his best throw of the season.
On the first day of competition, senior Mike Kiley, finished just a second shy of his personal best in the steeplechase when he placed ninth overall with a time of 9:18.56. A short while later, in the 5,000 meters, freshman Brendon Smith nearly reached Penn's all-time top 10 with a sixth-place time of 14:26.55.
After hosting the Penn Relays for the 119th consecutive year, Penn has officially completed the 2013 outdoor regular season. The Quakers will now head to Princeton for the Heptagonal Outdoor Championships, May 4-5.
Penn at The Penn Relays:
Steeplechase: 9-Kiley (9:18.56)
5,000 Meters: 6-Smith (14:26.55); 10-Shurtleff (14:34.83), 18-Foy (14:46.67)
4x100 Relay: 38-Penn (42.12)
4x200 Relay: 6-Penn (1:26.91p, 1:26.42f)
4x400 Relay: 8-Penn (3:14.62p, 3:15.40f)
4x800 Relay: 3-Penn (7:30.12)
DMR: 4-Penn (9:50.23)
High Jump: 3-Pitt (2.08m); 8-Bowers (1.96m); 13-Harriger (1.96m)
Shot Put: 2-Brenza (16.39m)
Discus: 4-Mattis (57.11m), 15-Brenza (48.20m)
Triple Jump: 9-Jett (13.90m); 13-Straughn (13.63m)
Javelin: 5-Ingram (61.66m)
High Jump: 9-Reynolds (2.08m)