FAIRFAX, Va. - Senior Ryan Cunningham and sophomore Jake Brenza each found their way into the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field record books on Saturday at George Mason's Patriot Invitational in Fairfax, Va.
Brenza competed in several events on Saturday, but his highlight came in the shot put. He finished second with a career-best toss and climbed into the school record books. His final toss of the event was measured at 16.08 meters (52 feet, 8 1/2 inches). That's the best toss for any Quaker in the past eight years and moved him into 10th place all-time at Penn. Brenza was also in the top eight in the discus where he had a season-best throw of 44.48 meters.
Cunningham followed up with one of the best 1,500 meters ever run at Penn. The Brewster, N.Y., native finished 11th overall and ninth among collegiate runners. He finished in a personal-best time of 3:45.93. That stands as the best mark for any Penn runner in the last six years. The last to do so was Courtney Jaworski in 2006. Cunningham's mark now sits in sixth-place in the school record book and is the second-fastest recorded at Penn since 1978.
Senior Efayomi Carr was fifth in the triple jump with a season-best effort. He landed at 14.43 meters on his fourth jump. Sophomore Karl Ingram was third in the javelin when his fourth throw landed at 55.73 meters.
Also on the track, senior Colin Donnelly was 12th in the 200 meters with a finish of 22.26 and was a part of the sixth-place 4x400-meter relay team that finished in 3:26.09. Senior Brian Fulton was seventh in the 800 meters. He stopped the clock at 1:50.45. Junior Tim Carey finished fourth in the 400-meter hurdles with a season-best effort of 53.42.
Junior Kevin Foy was ninth in the 5,000 meters with the best time of the year for the Quakers at 15:01.89. Freshman John Trueman was close behind with an 11th-place time of 15:16.30.
After three straight weeks at Franklin Field, the Quakers travel to Princeton, N.J., next weekend for the Larry Ellis Invitational on Saturday. Then Penn will once again play host to the world's largest and oldest relay carnival. The Penn Relays are set for April 26-28 at Franklin Field. You can buy tickets to the festivities here.