Ivy League Performance List
PHILADELPHIA - Along with the start of May, it is also the start of the postseason for the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team. The Quakers head to Princeton, N.J., for the 2013 Outdoor Heptagonal Championships on Saturday and Sunday at Weaver Stadium.
The Heps meet kicks off at 11 a.m. for the men on Saturday with the start of the decathlon. A few field events finals will be take place later that afternoon, including the hammer throw, pole vault and long jump. Saturday concludes with the finals for the 10,000 meters at 6:30 p.m. Championship Sunday begins with the resumption of the dectathlon plus the finals for the triple jump and shot put. The 2013 Heptagonal team champion will be announced around 5 p.m. For live updates and results throughout the meet, see the link atop this release.
At Heps, only the top-six finishers score in each event and Penn will be counting on points from a variety of its athletes. Entering this weekend's competition, Penn has 13 marks ranking in the top six of the Ivy League.
That includes title favorite Tom Timmins, who has posted the best time in the Ivy League this year in the 400-meter hurdles. His mark of 52.23 from the George Mason Patriot Invitational is 10th-best all-time at Penn and two-tenths better than any other Ivy runner this season. One of his biggest challengers is teammate Tim Carey - a two-time NCAA qualifier in the event - who owns the league's third-best time of 52.69 set just two weeks ago at Princeton.
Sophomore Mato Bekelja cracked Penn's all-time top 10 in the 800 meters earlier this year and is one of just six Ivy runners to break the 1:50.00 mark in the event.
Brendan Smith will look to provide some points in the steeplechase. Entering the weekend, he owns the fourth-best mark in the Ivies at 9:07.00. In addition, both relay teams are expected to score this weekend.
In the field events, junior Jake Brenza enters the meet with the league's fifth-best shot, while freshman Sam Mattis will vie for the discus title as he enters the meet as the No. 2 seed. Junior Karl Ingram is the second seed in the javelin.
In the high jump, junior Maalik Reynolds is the two-time defending champion and ranked No. 2 in the league entering Sunday's competition. Freshman Thomas Pitt and sophomore Nate Harriger will hope to make a trio of Quakers on the podium in the high jump. Pitt posted the fourth-best jump in the Ivies this season with his latest performance at the Penn Relays and Harriger is tied for the league's sixth-best jump at 2.00 meters.
Last year, the Quakers finished sixth at the Outdoor Heptagonals. Reynolds defended his outdoor title without a miss. Reynolds left the bar intact at 2.19 meters, but Cornell's Montez Blair knocked it down on all three of his jumps to give Reynolds the title. Brenza had the biggest impact on the Penn record books though. In the shot put, his fifth-place mark of 17.25 meters (56-07.25 ft.) is currently third all-time at Penn and the best for any Quaker since 1981. And Carey had an All-Ivy performance in the 400-meter hurdles. He was the runner-up after a strong finish propelled him into second with a season-best time of 52.71.
A full recap of the 2013 Outdoor Heptagonal Championships will be available at PennAthletics.com shortly after the completion of each day's events.