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NCAA Preliminary Round Schedule
PHILADELPHIA - Mato Bekelja, Brendan Smith, Thomas Awad, Tom Timmins, Maalik Reynolds, Sam Mattis and Jake Brenza were all selected for the NCAA Championships as announced on Thursday afternoon by the NCAA. The seven members of the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team will compete at the NCAA East Preliminary Round, May 23-25 in Greensboro, N.C.
In each region, the top 48 marks in each event qualify for the NCAA Preliminary Rounds. Penn will be represented in seven different events. Bekelja (800), Smith (steeplechase), Awad (5,000) and Timmins (400-meter hurdles) will don the Red and Blue on the track. Reynolds (high jump), Brenza (shot put) and Mattis (discus) will represent the Quakers in the field events.
Reynolds is at the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the third straight time. He is a three-time All-American (twice outdoor, once indoor) and posted a career-best sixth-place finish last year. He had his top jump of the season at the IC4A Championships last weekend at 2.20 meters (7 feet, 2 1/5 inches).
Brenza is also returning to the NCAA's outdoor meet. He earned his first visit to the championship event last year and garnered a return trip this season with a toss of 17.13 meters (56-02.25 ft.) at the Heptagonal Championships.
A trio of freshmen will also be competing for the Quakers. Smith posted the ninth-best time in school history in the steeplechase to qualify for the meet. He hit 9:00.58 for the Quakers at the Heptagonal Championships. Awad also posted one of the top times in program history to reach this meet. He now ranks fourth all-time at Penn in the 5,000 meters with his mark of 14:04.75 at the Raleigh Relays. Mattis, meanwhile, won the Heptagonal title and set both the school and Heps record in the discus with a toss of 58.34 meters (191-05 ft.).
Bekelja and Timmins will also make thier first NCAA appearances. Bekelja ranks among Penn's all-time top 10 in the 800 meters with his time of 1:49.62 at the George Mason Patriot Invitational on April 13. Timmins duplicated that accomplishment at the same meet with his time of 52.23.
The NCAA Championship meet extends over two weekends in a three-week span at three different sites. The first weekend - known as the NCAA Preliminary Round - is broken up into two different sites - East (Greensboro, N.C.) and West (Austin, Texas), which host the NCAA first round and quarterfinal round in each event as well as some of the NCAA semifinals.
The top 24 finishers in the first round advance to the quarterfinals where the top 12 will advance to compete in the semifinals and finals of the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., June 5-8.
The start lists for the NCAA East Preliminary Round will be released by the NCAA on Tuesday. The meet begins Thursday in North Carolina.