RALEIGH, N.C. - When the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team concluded action at the Raleigh Relays, hosted Friday and Saturday by N.C. State, the school record book had changed significantly. The Quakers also had athletes at the Danny Curran Invitational, run Friday and Saturday locally at Widener University.
Thomas Awad highlighted the meet with a victory in the 5,000 (Section II) in 14:04.75. That was the third-fastest time in school history, the fastest by a Quaker in 35 years and the sixth-fastest in the nation at the time. The last Quaker to hit that mark was Steve Shotles when he set the school standard at 13:51.2 in 1978.
Junior Maalik Reynolds won his section of the high jump to highlight the team's performance; he cleared 2.15 meters.
Also on the track, freshman Drew Magaha took fourth in the 800 in 1:50.09, while Mato Bekelja was seventh in 1:50.51. Those two times sit just outside the top 10 all-time at Penn and are career-bests for each. They also both ranked within the Top 25 in the nation.
In the 1,500 (Section II), Clark Shurtleff took second place in 3:54.30, just 35 tenths of a second off the winning time.
Brendan Smith was ninth in the steeplechase (Section I) in 9:13.26.
The Quakers are set to return to action on next weekend in Ithaca, N.Y., and Florida. Penn and Cornell host the biennial Oxford-Cambridge meet. The historical matchup pits the Quakers and Big Red together against their rivals from across the Atlantic. The Cornell and Penn women have never lost to the Great Britain duo. Meanwhile, some Quakers will head to the Florida Relays in Gainsville, Fla.