Jaworski Breaks Heptagonal Record as Penn Finishes Third at Championships

Cambridge, Mass. – Junior Courtney Jaworski successfully defended his title in the 800m run by setting a new Heptagonal record while freshman Mike Hall captured the heptathlon as the University of Pennsylvania men’s track and field team finished third at the 2005 Indoor Heptagonal Championships this afternoon.

Jaworski clocked a winning time of 1:50.29 to eclipse the 15-year-old record of 1:50.36 set by Princeton’s Keefe Clemons in 1988. Jaworski was also a member of the Penn two-mile relay, consisting of Scott Sebens, John Guzman and Tim Kaijala, that won the event with a time of 7:36.73. For his efforts, Jaworski was named Athlete of the Meet along with Princeton’s Erison Hurtault and becomes only the fourth student-athlete since 1978 to win consecutive 800m titles.

Hall, participating in his first Heps, captured the heptathlon with 5,201 total points whilefreshman Kyle Calvo was the runner-up with 5,185. Entering today’s contest, Hall had been trailing Calvo 3,062 -2,882, but was able to edge out Calvo in the 60m hurdles, pole vault and 1,000m run.

Sophomore Grafton Ifill placed third in the 60m dash with a time of 6.88 in a very close race. Cornell’s Jordan Lester captured the even in 6.81 seconds followed by Yale’s Brandon Giles in 6.84 seconds.

Other tops finishers included Sebens, who placed fourth in the 1,000m with a time of 2:27.23, senior Stephen Hayes who placed sixth in the mile with a time of 4:12.15 and sophomore Michael Bale who finished sixth in the in the 60m high hurdles with a time of 8.46.

During the first day of competition, senior Nolan Tully captured the 3,000m crown by clocking a time of 8:12.76, the sixth-fastest time in program history. In the long jump,Calvo and rookie Pete Habegger finished second and third respectively. Calvo posted a mark of 23 feet, 6 ¾ inches while Habegger finished with a jump of 23 feet, 5 ¼ inches. In the pole vault, senior Neal Wojdowski placed fourth with a mark of 15 feet, nine inches.

Cornell won the Heptagonal Championships with 147 points, followed by Princeton with 125. Penn notched 81 points, while Yale recorded 76.5 to place fourth. Rounding out the scoring was Dartmouth (57), Brown (50), Harvard (30) and Columbia (23).

The Quakers will compete at the 2005 IC4A Indoor Championships on March 5-6 in Boston, Mass.

-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant