PRINCETON, N.J. - In the final tune-up before the Indoor Heptagonal Championships next weekend, the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team competed at the Princeton Invitational and fielded a 4x800 relay team at the Millrose Games on Saturday.
Representing the Quakers at the nation's most prestigious indoor track and field meet were Mato Bekelja, Tim Hamlett, Kirk Webb and Tom Timmins. The foursome finished fourth in the Byron Dyce College 4x800-meter relay. Penn State finished first in the six-team event as the Quakers finished in 7:39.24.
At the Princeton Invitational, freshman Chad Payne was first in the 400 meters and sophomore Connor Jaramillo won the 1,000 meters. Payne was tops among the 10 competitors with a time of 51.69, while Jaramillo bested three of his teammates with a winning time of 2:30.25.
Of the nine competitors in the mile, sophomore John Trueman was the runner-up. He finished in a time of 4:22.00.
Juniors Maalik Reynolds and Jake Brenza were also silver medalists. Reynolds was the top collegian in the high jump when he cleared 2.16 meters (7 feet, 1 inch). Brenza had three throws over 15 meters, including his best toss of 15.84 meters (51-11.75 ft.).
Also in the field, junior Semi Ibikunle was third in the long jump. His best jump was his first at 6.42 meters (21-05.75 ft.).
Many of the Quakers had the weekend off in preparation for the 2013 Indoor Heptagonal Championships which are scheduled for Feb. 23-24 at Harvard's Gordon Track.