PHILADELPHIA - In addition to three top-five finishes in the field events, the 4x200 relay reached the IC4A final for the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team on the second day of competition at the 119th edition of the Penn Relays.
There were 39,103 in attendance at historic Franklin Field on Friday for a two-day total of 62,413 - well on the way to eclipsing 100,000 fans for the 10th straight year and the 13th time in the last 14 years at the world's oldest and largest relay carnival.
Penn had a stellar day in the relays, highlighted by the 4x200 which qualified for Saturday's IC4A final. Mason Smith, Kyle Webster, Seck Barry, Chad Payne edged Albany to win their heat at 1:26.91. That placed them 17th overall among 45 teams.
Then, among the 27 teams in the distance medley relay, Penn impressed again with a fourth-place finish. John Foye took the first three laps and handed to Ben Bowers for the 400 meters. Mato Bekelja took the baton for the 800 leg and then Thomas Awad finished the mile and stopped the clock at 9:50.23.
Just prior to that, the 4x100-meter relay matched up against the nation's best and nearly eclipsed 42 seconds for the first time this year. The Red and Blue were fifth in their heat and 38th among 71 teams with a mark of 42.12. Then in the 4x400-meter relay against three other Ivy rivals, the Quakers posted a season-best time of 3:14.62 to place third.
Penn also posted three top-five finishes in the field events. Freshman Thomas Pitt now stands just outside the school's all-time top 10 with a collegiate-best effort of 2.08 meters (6 feet, 9 3/4 inches). That placed him third in the Eastern high jump. Meanwhile, classmate Sam Mattis finished fourth in the discus championship. His final throw in the preliminaries measured 57.11 meters (187-04 ft.). That would have passed the school record had he not set the standard even higher during Penn's home opener last month. Junior Jake Brenza was second in the Eastern shot put with a mark of 16.39 meters (53-09.25 ft.) - his best throw of the season..
On the first day of competition, senior Mike Kiley, finished just a second shy of his personal best in the steeplechase when he placed ninth overall with a time of 9:18.56. A short while later, in the 5,000 meters, freshman Brendon Smith nearly reached Penn's all-time top 10 with a sixth-place time of 14:26.55.
Saturday will contain several more relays for the Quakers, including some Championship of America races, as well as several more field events for the Red and Blue. For a complete schedule of the events in which the Quakers will be participating, see the link at the top of this release.
For the largest track meet in the world, the Penn Relays is home to the nation's most extensive results page. For all of your Penn Relays needs, see the link to the Penn Relays results page at the top of this release. PennAthletics.com will have an update on the performance of the Quakers after each day of competition.
Penn at The Penn Relays:
Steeplechase: 9-Kiley (9:18.56)
5,000 Meters: 6-Smith (14:26.55); 10-Shurtleff (14:34.83), 18-Foy (14:46.67)
4x100 Relay: 38-Penn (42.12)
4x200 Relay: 17-Penn (1:26.91)
4x400 Relay: 3-Penn (3:14.62)
DMR: 4-Penn (9:50.23)
High Jump: 3-Pitt (2.08m); 8-Bowers (1.96m); 13-Harriger (1.96m)
Shot Put: 2-Brenza (16.39m)
Discus: 4-Mattis (57.11m), 15-Brenza (48.20m)