PHILADELPHIA – Fresh off two of the most storied seasons in the history of the University of Pennsylvania’s men’s track and field program, seniors Thomas Awad (Track) and Sam Mattis (Field) were named the HepsTrack 2015 “Men of the Year”.
Awad was nothing short of spectacular during the 2015 track seasons. En route to winning the Most Outstanding Performer at both the indoor and outdoor Heps’ Championships, Awad was victorious in the indoor 3,000 meters, as well as a vital part of a distance-medley title. A few months later, he grabbed the outdoor conference title in the 1,500 meters and the 5,000 meters. In addition, he qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 5,000 meters, and was named the USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Track Athlete of the Year.
Awad catapulted his track success to a historic cross country season this past fall. Awad won his second-consecutive Ivy Heps’ title, and became Penn’s second-ever two-time All-America with a 14th-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Awad led the way for a men’s cross country team that earned a berth into the NCAA Championships for the first time since 1975.
Read more about Awad’s award-winning season HERE.
Mattis, who is also currently in his senior year, was equally as impressive last season. It all culminated at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships, where Mattis won the national championship in the discus -- tossing a school-record 62.48 meters. He also earned the Heps’ crown in the discus for the third-consecutive year, while also being named a USTFCCCA first-team All-American. In addition, Mattis was named the USTFCCCA Outdoor Male Field Scholar Athlete of the Year -- becoming the first Ivy male to ever win the award.
In all, Mattis has qualified for the NCAA Championships in the discus in each of the last three seasons and earned All-America recognition over the past two.
Read more about Mattis’ incredible 2015 HERE.