PHILADELPHIA - Recent Heptagonal champions Tom Awad, Kelsey Hay, Sam Mattis, Maalik Reynolds and Brendan Smith were named first-team All-Ivy by the league office on Monday. In addition, senior Gabrielle Piper earned second-team all-league status.
This marks the most individual first-team All-Ivy recipients for the Penn men in nearly a decade -- a total of five Quakers combined for six first-team honors in 2005.
Reynolds, who was named the 2014 Outdoor Heps Most Outstanding Field Performer, added a seventh All-Ivy accolade to his decorated career and his fifth first-team recognition in the high jump. The five-time Heps champion earned his third outdoor title with the fourth-best jump in the nation. He cleared 2.25 meters (7 feet, 4 1/2 inches) to win the meet and then nearly broke his own school record with three attempts at 2.30 meters.
Hay earned her second career all-league honor after claiming second-team accolades in the javelin last year. On Saturday, the sophomore garnered first-team status with a meet record toss in the event. She became the first woman in school history to surpass 50 meters and broke a 12-year-old Heps record with a throw that landed at 50.02 meters (164 feet, 1 inch).
Smith garnered his first career All-Ivy award with a Heps title in the steeplechase.He finished in 8:54.50 to top a plethora of upperclassmen and earn Penn's first Heps win in the event since Sean MacMillian in 2000.
Awad also earned All-Ivy for the first time in his career with his sixth straight win this outdoor season (at six different distances). This victory came in the 10,000 meters with a finish of 29:26.13 to narrowly edge Harvard senior James Leakos (29:26.83). That time ranks second all-time at Penn and sits only behind Dave Merrick's 1976 school record. It is also Penn's first Heps win in the event in 10 years (Dusty Lieb).
For the second straight year, Mattis earned first-team All-Ivy in the discus with a Heps title and meet-record toss. He successfully defended his title with a winning throw of 58.72 meters (192 feet, 8 inches).
Piper finished her Heps career with a seventh All-Ivy performance. The senior was the runner-up in the 100-meter hurdles in 13.71. The Marietta, Ga., native, who was also part of the school record-setting 4x100-meter relay team at the championship meet, is a two-time All-Ivy first-team honoree and has now won five second-team awards.
As a team, the men improved from seventh place a season ago to finish fourth on Sunday. The women were seventh overall with two school records and 65 percent of their scoring from underclassmen.
Penn's All-Ivy honorees as well as several other Quakers will compete this weekend at the ECAC/IC4A Championships in Princeton, N.J., May 16-18.