PHILADELPHIA- A modern-day record five members of the University of Pennsylvania track & field teams will head to the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., June 10-13. The Red and Blue will be represented by juniors Kelsey Hay, Tom Awad and Sam Mattis, sophomore Noah Kennedy-White and freshman Mike Monroe.
The four Penn men heading to Oregon are more than the rest of the Ivy League combined (three).
Hay will be the first to compete for the Quakers with the start of the women's javelin on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. (EST). The other four Quakers all compete on Friday. Mattis and Kennedy-White are in the men's discus at 7 p.m., while Monroe takes on the high jump at the same time. To cap the meet for Penn, Awad runs for a national title in the men's 5,000 meters at 9:30 p.m. (EST).
ESPNU will broadcast the meet on Thursday beginning at 7 p.m., and ESPN will show Friday's events beginning at 7:30 p.m. You can also watch online at ESPN3.com.
Hay earned her second straight appearance in the NCAA finals with an Ivy League record toss and fourth-place finish atthe NCAA East Preliminary Round in Jacksonville, Fla., on May 28. Mattis was also fourth at the meet to qualify for the NCAA Finals for the second consecutive year, while Awad was second at the regional meet and is making his first trip back to the NCAA Championships since 2013.
Kennedy-White and Monroe are each making the trip to Eugene for the first time. in the East Prelims, Kennedy-White vaulted from the No. 41 seed to a ninth-place finish with the second-best toss in school history, while Monroe used the fifth-best jump in Penn history to secure his spot at the NCAA finals.
The last Penn athlete to win a national championshipwas in 2003whenSam Burley claimed the national title in the men's outdoor 800 meters and Brian Chaput did so with an Ivy League record in the men's javelin.
A full recap of the opening rounds of the NCAA Championships will be available at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of each day's events.