PHILADELPHIA - Sophomore Jake Brenza won twice and was joined atop the podium by Efayomi Carr, Mike Vido, and the 4x100 and 4x800 relay teams for the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team Saturday at the Penn Invite at historic Franklin Field.
Placed with the responsibility of setting the tone for the day, the 4x100-meter relay team did not disappoint. The Quakers raced to their best time of the young season and earned the victory at 42.32.
A short while later, freshman Connor Jaramillo was the top collegian in the 1,500 meters. His time of 4:02.70 was only topped by former Penn standout Tim Kaijala, who ran unattached and posted a time of 4:01.64.
Penn's 4x800-meter relay team followed suit. They posted an easy win in the event. The Quakers came across the finish in 7:51.93. They were the only school to break eight minutes.
In the field, Brenza first claimed victory in the hammer throw. All six of his throws would have topped the rest of the field. His best toss was his last. It measured at a personal record length of 43.81 meters (143 feet, 9 inches). Much later in the day, the Camp Hill, Pa., native, came back to win the shot put on his final two tosses. His second-to-last throw hit 15.26 meters, but his last one won the meet with a measurement of 15.28 meters (50-01.75 ft.).
The Quakers were well represented in the 3,000 meters. Penn had seven runners in the event and claimed the top three spots. Vido won the race with three seconds of seperation between his winning time of 8:37.51 and junior teammate Kevin Foy. Conor Nickel was third with a time of 8:45.24.
Carr finished first in the long jump. His first jump went 6.58 meters (21-07.25 ft.). That mark stood up throughout the rest of the event to give the Washington, D.C., native his second straight long jump victory. Carr was also third in the triple jump at 14.30 meters (46-11 ft.).
Senior Brian Rosenthal ran the 400 meters for the first time this year. He was fourth with a time of 49.43. Sophomore Mason Smith was one-hundreth of a second from matching a personal best in the 100 meters where he was third at 10.90. Freshman Tom Timmins was second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time 53.92.
Sophomore Karl Ingram was second in the javelin. Facing a stiff wind for most of the event, his best toss of the day hit at 56.14 meters (184-02 ft.). Sophomore Nate Harriger was second in the high jump as he cleared the bar at 1.90 meters (6-02.75).
Next up for the Quakers is a trip to the George Mason Invitational in Fairfax, Va., on Saturday.