NEW YORK, N.Y. – It was a historical afternoon for senior Thomas Awad of the University of Pennsylvania men’s track and field team. Racing in the prestigious Millrose Games for the second-consecutive year, he recorded a school and Ivy League record in the mile run.
Competing against a field full of professional runners, Awad clocked a time of 3:57.03, which ranks second in the entire nation this indoor season and positions him nicely to qualify for his first-ever NCAA Indoor Championships.
“Tommy has this amazing ability to bring his best on the big stage,” said Penn’s Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, Steve Dolan. “Breaking both the Penn and Ivy League records at the Millrose Games is another one of those incredible performances. He is a special competitor, and I am looking forward to helping him on the journey ahead.”
Awad previously held Penn’s indoor record in the mile (4:00.20), and currently holds the Quakers’ top mark in the 3K (7:54.81), which he posted at last year’s Millrose Games.
Sitting with the second-fastest mile in the country, Awad has a great opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Championships on March 11-12. The top 16 times in the nation will take the stage in Birmingham, Ala.
Awad will look to keep the momentum rolling at next weekend’s Indoor Heps in Ithaca, N.Y. He was named the Most Outstanding Track Athlete at the championships last season, after winning the 3K and being a part of a winning distance medley team.