NEW YORK, N.Y. - Four Quakers - Kirk Webb, Semi Ibikunle, Tim Carey and Thomas Pitt - won individual titles to help lead the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team to a first-place finish at the Armory on Saturday.
Penn won the nine-team meet with 164 points. That was comfortably ahead of second-place Army's 139 points. Maryland Eastern Shore (130) was the only other team over 100 points, while Ivy rival Columbia had 65 and Maryland finished with eight. This marks Penn's second-straight meet victory.
Webb posted his first individual collegiate victory with a narrow win over a teammate in the 800 meters. The freshman was first in his heat with a time of 1:56.18, but senior Matt Chylak nearly topped that mark in the second heat. He stopped the clock at 1:56.77 which put him just behind Webb for a second-place finish.
Pitt, who won both the high jump and long jump at Lehigh last week, won the high jump for the second straight meet. He topped teammate Nate Harriger at the 2.00-meter mark (6 feet, 6 3/4 inches). Both Quakers reached that bar with just one miss, but Pitt cleared two meters on his first try and was the only competitor to do so.
Ibikunle won his first event as a Quaker with a victory in the long jump. He had the top leap of the meet on his fourth jump. He landed at 6.48 meters (21-03.25 ft.) and vaulted into first place.
Carey was victorious in the 500 meters. He timed out at 1:05.16 and was a full second ahead of the rest of the field. It was his first individual win of the young season.
Junior Mason Smith was third in the 60 meters with a career-best 7.02 in the final. He was fifth in the preliminaries at 7.07. Smith was also fourth in the 200 meters at 22.46.
Sophomore Mato Bekelja finished third in the 1,000 meters with a time of 2:29.36. Freshman Thomas Awad was the runner-up in the 3,000 meters with a finish of 8:25.02.
In the 60-meter hurdles, senior Michael Brown was third at 8.49, and in the relays, the Quakers were second in the 4x400 at 3:22.91.
Also in the field, sophomore Nick Straughn was third in the triple jump and junior Jake Brenza was the runner-up in the shot put. Straughn's top jump was 13.64 meters (44-09 ft.) and Brenza's top throw was 15.28 meters (50-01.75 ft.).
Next Saturday, the Quakers head to Penn State for the Sykes Sabock Cup.