Awad Wins Second ECAC Athlete of the Week Honor

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PHILADELPHIA - Junior Thomas Awad earned the ECAC Athlete of the Week award as announced by the league office on Wednesday. It is the second such honor this year for the University of Pennsylvania track and field standout, who posted one of the top 1,500-meter times in Ivy League history last weekend.

Awad finished as the runner-up in the 1,500 meters with the second-fastest time in program history and the sixth-fastest finish in Ivy League history. The cross country and indoor 3,000-meter Heps champion came across the finish line in 3:40.68 - a time only bested at Penn by Denis Fikes in 1974 (3:37.14 converted from yards and hand timed).

The East Norwich, N.Y., native also earned this honor on April 8after a school-record performance in the 5,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational.

Up next for Awad and the Quakers are the 121st annual Penn Relays, April 23-25. The largest track meet in the world is also home to the nation's most extensive results page. For all of your Penn Relays needs, see the link to the Penn Relays results pagehere.

Last year, 49,103 fans roared at legendary Franklin Field on Saturday, and made up a three-day total attendance of 108,660. That marked the 11th straight year and the 14th time in the last 15 years with more than 100,000 spectators at the world's oldest and largest relay carnival.

Tickets to this year's Penn Relays are availablehere.