Calvo and Wojdowski Lead Quakers After First Day at Heps

New York City – The University of Pennsylvania men’s track team is in second place after the first day of competition at the 2005 Heptagonal Championships at Wien Stadium on the campus of Columbia University. The Red and Blue crowned two champions on Saturday as Freshman Kyle Calvo won the long jump and senior Neal Wojdowski captured his second-straight pole vault title.

Calvo won the long jump with a leap of 24-8 ½, while Wojdowski successfully defended his title in the pole vault. The two-time Heps champion, who won the event with a height of 16-4.75, is the first Penn student-athlete to win back-to-back pole vault titles since Thomas Blair, in 1971-1972. Calvo’s long jump was the fourth best in Penn program history and was an NCAA Regional qualifying mark. Senior Nolan Tully placed third in the 10,000m final, clocking in at 30:49.74. Freshman Ian Foley placed ninth in the race with a time of 31:26.43.

After the first day of the decathlon, Calvo leads the competition with a score of 3,767 points. Fellow rookie and indoor pentathlon champion is currently in the seven in the decathlon with 3,203 points.

Sophomore Grafton Ifill advanced to the finals of both the 100m and 200m dashes with the fastest times in both events. He clocked in at 10.55 in the 100 and 21.34 in the 200m – which tied for the fastest qualifying time. Cody Schovitz moved onto the finals in the 400m dash after running at time of 48.52 in the trials. Freshman David Whitehurst had the second-fastest qualifying time in the 100m hurdles. Whitehurst came in at 14.28, while classmate Michael Bale also advanced to the finals after running a 14.38

In the middle distance events, Junior Courtney Jaworski and freshman Tim Kaijala both qualified for the 800m finals. Jaworski clocked in at 1:51.86, while Kaijala ran 1:53.38. Scott Sebens advanced to the finals in the 1,500m with a time of 3:50.52, which was the fastest qualifying time.

In the field events, junior Jim Malizia third in the javelin with a toss of 205’1”, while classmate Peter Cochran placed fifth in the long jump with a leap of 23’11”.

Princeton leads the competition with 42 points, while Penn has 35 points. Rounding out the scoring are Dartmouth in third with 29, Brown fourth (23), Cornell in fifth (19), Havard in sixth (6) and Columbia (1) and Yale (0) in seventh and eighth. For complete results click here.

The Red and Blue conclude action at the 2005 Heptagonal Championships on May 8 beginning at 9 a.m. with decathlon 100m hurdles.

Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communication.