PHILADELPHIA - For the first time since 1922, the University of Pennsylvania track and field teams can boast three individual Penn Relays titles. In the two wins on Saturday, sophomore Thomas Awad became just the second Quaker to break four minutes in the mile, while senior Maalik Reynolds became the first Penn man in 107 years to win multiple high jump titles at the Penn Relays. In the first event of the world's largest and oldest relay carnival, freshman Noel Jancewicz won the heptathlon.
Penn's historic performances came in front of 49,103 fans at legendary Franklin Field on Saturday for a three-day total attendance of 108,660. That marked the 11th straight year and the 14th time in the last 15 years with more than 100,000 spectators at the world's oldest and largest relay carnival.
Awad is the first Quaker to post a sub four-minute mile in 40 years. The only other man in program history to accomplish that feat was Denis Fikes, who set the school record in 1974 at 3:54.45. Awad is also the first individual at Penn to win on the track at the Penn Relays since 1987. He beat out a very competitive field with an impressive final kick and stopped the clock at 3:58.34.
Reynolds, who also won the event as a freshman in 2011, is just the second Penn man to win multiple high jump titles at the Penn Relays and the first to do so in 107 years (Tom Moffitt in 1905 and 1907). Three jumpers cleared 2.19 meters (7 feet, 2 1/4 inches), but Reynolds owned the tiebreaker with a clean sheet at the previous height of 2.16 meters. In all, the Atlanta, Ga., native had just one miss en route to a new outdoor season best.
During the multi events on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jancewicz won the heptathlon with the third-best score in school history. With 5,035 points, she became just the third woman in school history to win the Penn Relays title in the event.
Not to be overshadowed on Saturday, sophomore Sam Mattis and the men's 4x800-meter relay each posted impressive runner-up performances. Mattis fouled on the first two throws but rebounded for his best throw on his third attempt. The school record holder's toss landed at 60.86 (199-08 ft.) -- just shy of his second straight meet over 200 feet. Meanwhile, the relay team of Kirk Webb (1:55.38), Drew Magaha (1:50.76), Chris Hatler (1:53.33) and Mato Bekelja (1:50.70) combined to finish behind only Indiana with a second-place time of 7:30.14.
In the men's javelin, senior Jimmy Tully launched a career-best throw of 63.99 meters (209-11 ft.). It marked his first toss over 63 meters - which he did four times at the meet - and placed him eighth overall among 25 competitors.
On the second day of competition, freshman Lisa Sesink-Clee joined the school record book in the women's javelin. Her best toss measured 43.29 meters (142-00 ft.) and ranks eighth all-time in Penn history. Also with that effort, four of the school's all-time top 10 in the event are current Quakers.
In front of 21,422 fans on the first day of competition, four Quakers and a relay reached the school's all-time top five. The women's distance medley relay posted the fifth-best time in school history, and a plethora of highlights came in Thursday night's distance classic. Both freshman Cleo Whiting and sophomore Elyssa Gensib joined Penn's top five in the women's 3,000 meters, while senior Kersie Jhabvala is now second all-time in program history in the women's 10,000 meters and freshman Brendan Shearn ranks third in school history with the fastest men's 10,000 meters at Penn since 1981.
After hosting the Penn Relays for the 120th consecutive year, Penn has officially completed the 2014 outdoor regular season. The Quakers will now head to New Haven, Conn., for the Heptagonal Outdoor Championships, May 10-11.
Penn Women at the Penn Relays
4x100 Relay: 31-Penn (46.88)
4x400 Heptagonal Relay: 2-Penn (3:47.39)
4x400 College Relay: 7-Penn (3:45.96)
4x800 Relay: 6-Penn (9:00.74)
100-Meter Hurdles: 26-Piper (14.19)
400-Meter Hurdles: 50-Green (1:05.23)
3,000 meters: 9-Whiting, Cleo (9:29.43); 13-Gensib (9:35.75)
10,000 meters: 13-Jhabvala (35:12.05)
College DMR: 4-Penn (11:42.85)
Discus: 22-Hill (43.42m)
Hammer: 21-Graf (47.66m)
Javelin: 6-Hay (47.21m)
College Javelin: 7-Sesink-Clee (43.29m); 11-Graf (42.17m)
Shot Put (Eastern): 20-Graf (11.60m); 26-Hill (11.14m)
Triple Jump: 25-Fields (11.42m); 29-Thompson (11.22m)
Heptathlon: 1-Jancewicz (5,035)
Penn Men at the Penn Relays
4x100 Relay IC4A: 6-Penn (41.30p, 41.27f)
4x200 Relay: 25-Penn (1:27.40)
4x400 Relay: 5-Penn (3:17.43)
4x800 Relay: 2-Penn (7:30.14)
400-Meter Hurdles: 16-Timmins (53.17)
Javelin: 8-Tully (63.99m), 22-Ingram (53.76m)
Discus: 2-Mattis (60.86m)
College Discus: 6-Kennedy-White (51.40m); 22-Cioffi (44.52m)
High Jump: 1-Reynolds (2.19m)
Eastern High Jump: 3-Harriger (2.04m)
Eastern Triple Jump: 15-Jett (14.17m); 19-Straughn (13.80m); 24-Pelisek (13.46m)
Shot Put: 10-Brenza (16.31m)
College Shot Put: 8-LaRoche (15.90m); 9-Bishop (15.72m)
5,000 meters: 14-Smith (14:21.57), 17-Tuck (14:24.96); 55-Trueman (15:01.79)
5,000 meters ODM: 17-Meadows (14:38.67)
10,000 meters: 5-Shearn (29:49.04); 31-Paez (31:20.02)