Grafton Ifill Breaks Own School Record at Penn State


University Park, Pa. – Sophomore Grafton Ifill set his second school record in as many meets as the University of Pennsylvania men’s track and field team placed sixth out of ten teams at the Sykes-Sabok Challenge at Penn State.

Ifill’s record-setting performance came in the 200m as he ran a 21.24, just missing the NCAA qualifying mark by one one-hundredth of second. Ifill broke his own school record of 21.58 that he set two weeks ago at the Penn State National Open.

Junior Courtney Jaworski placed second in the 800m with a personal best of 1:49.78 which is also the third-fastest time in program history. Freshman Tim Kaijala finished eighth with a time of 1:52.09 good for the eighth-fastest time in the record books.

In the 600m, Carson Schmiett placed fifth with a time of 1:19.38, while Stephen Hayes finished eighth in the mile with a time of 4:11.24. Senior Nolan Tully placed sixth in the 3000m by clocking a time of 8:20.54.

The 4x400 relay of Eric Ljungquist, Ifill, Schmiett and Jaworski ran a 3:16.40 to place fourth. In the distance medley, the quartet of Kaijala, Pete Cochran, John Guzman and Tully finished in fifth place with a time of 9:52.37.

In the field events, rookie Kyle Calvo placed fourth in the pole vault with a mark of 6’7” while fellow freshman Pete Habegger took fourth in the long jump with a distance of 22’10”.

Penn State placed first while Central Michigan was the runner-up. Michigan placed third followed by Ivy League rival Cornell.

The Quakers wrap-up the indoor season on Feb. 26 and Feb. 27 at the Heptagonal Championships in Boston, Mass.

Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant