NEW YORK, N.Y. - Four members of the Unviersity of Pennsylvania men's track and field team claimed individual victories on Friday in the Lafayette/Rider Invitational at the Armory. For most of the Quakers, it was the final meet before Heps.
Junior Mason Smith posted a win in the 60 meters. He had the top time among the field of 12-man field. He comfortably won his heat and the event - and topped freshman teammate Harrison Scharf's third-place mark of 7.19 - with a winning time of 7.07.
Sophomore Tom Timmins bettered a field of 20 in the 400 meters. He and teammate Allante Keels each broke 50 seconds in the event and finished in the top two spots. Timmins posted the victory with a time of 49.28, while Keels was just a stride behind at 49.56.
Freshman Thomas Pitt won his fourth individual event of his inaugural season in the Red and Blue. He was tops in the high jump. He cleared 1.99 meters (6 feet, 6 1/4 inches) without a miss and won the tiebreaker to claim the top spot on the podium.
Sophomore Jordan Jett won the triple jump. He fouled on his first jump, but after his second leap, he led the rest of the way. His third jump was his best. He landed at 13.98 meters (45-10.50 ft.) which was nearly a foot further than the nearest competitor.
In the 500 meters, Tim Hamlett was the runner-up. He finished just a few tenths of a second behind the leader and outside Penn's all-time top 10 with a career-best effort of 1:04.64. In the shot put, Jake Brenza was also a runner-up with his toss of 15.64 meters (51-03.75 ft.).
In the 3,000 meters, two Quakers reached the IC4A qualifying time. Freshman Thomas Awad was fifth with a time of 8:16.86, while freshman Brendan Smith was 11th at 8:26.09.
For most, Friday marked the final meet before the Heptagonal Championships in Cambridge, Mass., Feb. 23-24. Some Quakers will compete at Princeton next week in the Tigers' invitational.