New York City Sophomore Grafton Ifill won the 100m and 200m dashes at the 2005 Heptagonal Championships to lead the University of Pennsylvania men’s track and field team to a second-place finish on Sunday afternoon at Wien Stadium on the campus of Columbia University.
Ifill set a new school record in the 200m and qualified for the NCAA Regionals with a time of 20.90and was named Male Athlete of the Meet. Ifill is the first Penn sprinter since Chris Harper in 1994 to win both the 100m and 200m titles in the same meet. Ifill’s time of 10.40 is the fourth-fastest Outdoor Heps time ever. His 200m win in 20.90 was the fastest non-wind aided time at Outdoor Heps since Princeton's Steve Morgan ran a 20.72 in 1987. Ifill's 200m time is also the third fastest Outdoor Heps time ever.
Junior Courtney Jaworski and freshman David Whitehurst joined Ifill the podium winning the 800m and 110m hurdles, respectively. Jaworski is a four-time 800m Heptagonal Champion after successfully defending his outdoor title with a time of 1:49.75. It’s the seventh time in last 10 years a Quaker has won the outdoor 800m title. Jaworski is a two-time indoor Heps champion as well. Whitehurst cruised to victory in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.27, which is .02 seconds better than his best time this season and stands seventh all-time at Penn. This is the fourth-straight year a Quaker has won the 110m hurdles title.
Also scoring points for the Red and Blue were sophomore Cody Schovitz in the 400m, who placed sixth with a time of 49.03, freshman Tim Kaijala in the 800m, who took fourth with a time of 1:52.66, junior Scott Sebens in the 1,500m, who placed sixth with a time of 4:16.17, senior Nameir Majette, fourth in the high jump with a person best 2.07m (6’9.5”) and rookie Kyle Calvo who was third in the decathlon with 6,663 points. Calvo’s mark is 144 points better than his mark earlier this season and stands 10th all-time at Penn.
In the relays, the Red and Blue came in fourth in the 4x100m relay with a time of 42.07 and placed sixth in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:19.48.
Cornell captured their third-straight Heptagonal title with 136 points. Penn and Dartmouth tied for second with 96 points each, while Princeton was fourth (95), Yale was fifth (78), Brown was sixth (76), Columbia was seventh (37) and Harvard was eighth (34).
Penn will compete at the 2005 IC4A Championships in Princeton, N.J. on May 13-14.
Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications.