BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – For just the fifth time in University of Pennsylvania history, the men’s track and field team has an Indoor All-American. Thomas Awad surged down the stretch to place third in the NCAA Mile Finals on Saturday at the Crossplex in Birmingham, Ala.
In his debut at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, Awad didn’t disappoint. The senior clocked a mile time of 4:06.97, passing three runners down the stretch to finish third. It is the Quakers’ first indoor All-American since Maalik Reynolds in 2014.
Awad earned a place in the Finals thanks to a second-place finish in his preliminary race on Friday. He finished with a mark of 4:07.51, which was the second-quickest time in either prelim on Friday.
Awad broke the Ivy League record in the mile earlier this season at the Millrose Games in New York City. Facing a field full of professional runners, he finished with a mark of 3:57.03.
Awad also earned cross-country All-America honors in the fall, after finishing 14th at the NCAA championships in Louisville.