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PHILADELPHIA - On the first day of the 116th running of the Penn Relays, theUniversity of Pennsylvania men's outdoor track and fiel teamhad several distance runners compete under the lights at historic Franklin Field on Thursday.
Junior Luke Grau put up one of the best performances of the day in the 5,000 meters. He finished in 14:28.85 and placed fourth among the 41 competitors. The time was an IC4A qualifier and was easily the best performance of the year for Grau in the event. He was just four seconds behind the winner.
Junior Christopher Baird nearlybecame the first Quaker since 2004 toenterhis name in the Penn Record book in the 10,000 meters. His time of 30:37.96 was the best of the year for a member of the Red and Blue and placed him 16th in a field of 38.
In the steeplechase, sophomore Philip Cawkwell had an impressive run as he placed seventh out of 14 runners. His time of 9:10.65 was a career best and nearly broke into the school record books. Michael Kileyfinished 9:32.27, finishing in 13th place.
Penn is back in action tomorrow, running in the 4x100, 4x200, 4x400, shuttle hurdle, as well as the distance medley and sprint medley. The Quakers will also have a number of athletes competing in individual events throughout the day.