Abitante Wins Penn Relays Title for Men's Track and Field

Friday Results

Penn Schedule/Results at the Penn Relays

PHILADELPHIA – Two relay teams qualified for the IC4A Final on Championship Saturday at the Penn Relays and junior Anthony Abitante won the Eastern Pole Vault title Friday at Franklin Field for the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team.

Abitante won his Penn Relays title in the Eastern College Men's Pole Vault. With a Princeton and Penn State vaulter each surpassing the 5.00-meter bar along with Abitante, the Berkley Heights, N.J., native eliminated the two on the next height and finished with a winning mark of 5.10 meters (16 feet, 8 3/4 inches).

The 400-meter relay and the 800-meter relay each reached the IC4A Finals to be run on the final day of competition. The 400-meter relay broke the 42-second mark for the first time this season in finishing at 41.85. The team was fourth in their heat and will compete at 1:22 p.m. Saturday for the IC4A Penn Relays title. The foursome of sophomore Alan Hill, freshman Julian Domanico, junior Willie Harris and senior Sam Shepherd nearly won their heat in advancing in the 800-meter relay. The team was second with a time of 1:27.94 - just a second off the winning mark in the heat. The IC4A Final is at 2:37 p.m. Saturday.

In the heptagonal version of the 1,600-meter relay, the Quakers were second. In a race that featured all Ivy League teams, Penn clocked out at 3:16.14. It was the best finish of the year thus far by the Red and Blue as David Lint had the lead leg, followed by Kevin Benjamin, Ben McKean and Shepherd.

Penn also had team's in the sprint medley relay Championship of America, where they were fifth in their heat at 3:34.00, and in the shuttle hurdle relay Championship of America where they were 10th in the seldom run event with a time of 1:03.84.The distance medley relay team placed 17th with a finish of 10:09.38.

In the first event of the day, three Quakers ran in the 400-meter hurdles. Penn was led by junior Jeremy Sinclair's finish of 53.11, topping his IC4A time from earlier this season. Overall, Sinclair placed 17th in the 49-man field. Taylor Neason was sixth in his heat with a time of 55.06 and junior Willie Harris added his best time of the year at 55.87.

On day one for the Quakers, junior Kevin Sullivan and freshman Austin Santillo were the only two to represent the Red and Blue. The two finished the 5,000 meters under the Franklin Field lights with Sullivan timing out at season-best 15:09.56 and Santillo finishing at 15:14.06.

Saturday, on the final day of the 115th running of the Penn Relays, the Quakers will have several more relay teams participating - either in the Championship of America or IC4A Final races. Individually, junior John Carelli will be in the triple jump and senior Andrew McMillen will compete in the hammer throw.

Penn at the Relays

5,000 Meters: 38-Sullivan (15:09.56), 40-Santillo (15:14.06)
400 Hurdles: 17-Sinclair (53.11), 36-Neason (55.06), 42-Harris (55.87)
400-Meter Relay: 34-Penn (41.85)
800-Meter Relay: 31-Penn (1:27.94)
1,600-Meter Relay: 2-Penn (3:16.14)
Pole Vault:
1-Abitante (5.10m)
Distance Medley Relay: 17-Penn (10:09.38)
Sprint Medley Relay: 32-Penn (3:34.00)
Shuttle Hurdle Relay: 10-Penn (1:03.84)