BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Freshman Thomas Pitt won the high jump and long jump, while senior Allante Keels, freshman Clark Shurtleff and sophomore Conner Ryan also posted victories for the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team Saturday at Lehigh.
Penn won the meet with 181 team points. That was better than runner-up Monmouth, who finished with 168 as well as Lehigh (127) and Winthrop (72).
Pitt won the men's high jump in a tiebreaker. He was one of three competitors to clear 2.00 meters (6 feet, 6 3/4 inches), but earned the title with fewer misses than the other two opponents that cleared that height. He also earned first-place in the long jump. He left no doubt in that event with his best leap of the season. He landed at 7.01 meters and hit the 23-foot mark for the first time as a collegian.
Keels led a trio of Quakers that claimed the top three spots in the 400 meters. The senior finished first with a time of 50.45. That mark stood up over a pair of teammates as sophomore Tom Timmins and freshman Tim Hamlett went head-to-head in another heat. Timmins crossed the line just in front of the rookie with a time of 50.52 to finish as the runner-up. Hamlett was third at 50.85.
Ryan was tops in the 5,000 meters for his first collegiate victory. He had a comfortable lead as he crossed the finish line with a winning time of 15:06.16. Sophomore teammate Victor Allen was third at 15:29.60.
Shurtleff had Penn atop the results in the mile. He finished in 4:20.35, which was just a few strides ahead of Monmouth's Khari Bowen and freshman teammate William Meadows, who finished in 4:23.23.
In addition, Keels, Hamlett, James Killian and Timmins combined to win the 4x400-meter relay. The foursome finished well ahead of the field with a seson-best time of 3:20.68. And in the distance medley relay, the Quakers were second at 10:28.91.
A freshman and senior combined to take second and third place, respectively, in the 3,000 meters. Brendan Smith was the runner-up with a time of 8:38.86, while Mike Kiley was third at 8:40.14.
Penn also finished second and third in the 200 meters. Freshman Harrison Scharf was the runner-up at 22.95 which was three-tenths of a second off the top spot. Sophomore Kyle Webster was next behind those marks at 23.13.
Sophomore Nick Straughn was the runner-up in the triple jump. His best leap measured 13.96 meters (45-09.75 ft). In the 800 meters, sophomore Mato Bekelja finished third at 1:58.37.
Next week, the Quakers return to one of track and field's most historic facilities where they will take part in College Night at the Armory II on Saturday.