PHILADELPHIA - Sophomores Kelsey Hay (javelin) and Sam Mattis (discus), and senior Maalik Reynolds (high jump) will each represent the University of Pennsylvania track and field teams this weekend at the finals of the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Hay will throw on Wednesday, while Reynolds and Mattis will compete Friday night at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
ESPN3 will stream live coverage on Wednesday and Thursday. There will be a live telecast of the NCAA Championships beginning at 7:30 p.m. (EST) on Friday and 5 p.m. (EST) on Saturday.
Hay earned her spot in the NCAA Finals of the women's javelin with a 12th-place finish at the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Jacksonville, Fla., on May 29. Hay's second throw of the day landed at 48.89 meters (160 feet, 4 inches) and held on to clinch a berth in the finals. The 2014 Heptagonal champion will compete at 8:15 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday night.
A five-time All-American, Reynolds has reached the NCAA final in the outdoor high jump in each of his four seasons in the Red and Blue. The Atlanta, Ga., native qualified as one of just four to clear 2.17 meters (7-01.50 ft.) in the East Preliminary Round. He will jump at 6:20 p.m. (EST) on Friday night.
Later that night, Mattis will be competing for a national title in the men's discus at 7 p.m. (EST). Mattis broke his own school record in the discus on his first toss of the NCAA East Preliminaries and solidified his spot in the final weekend of the NCAA Championships. The only Penn athlete in history to surpass 60 meters in the event, Mattis did so for the sixth time this year with a throw of 62.13 meters (203 feet, 10 inches) to surpass his previous school record by nearly a foot and placed fourth in Jacksonville.
All three Quakers heading to Oregon this weekend hold the school record in their respective events. This will mark the first trip to the finals of the NCAA Championships for both Hay and Mattis and the seventh of Reynolds' career (four outdoor, three indoor).
The last Penn athlete to win a national championship was in 2003 when Sam Burley claimed the national title in the outdoor 800 meters and Brian Chaput did so with an Ivy League record in the javelin.
A full recap of the opening rounds of the NCAA Championships will be available at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of each day's events.