EUGENE, Ore. – Two of the most storied track and field athletes in Penn history concluded their collegiate careers on Friday night as Sam Mattis and Thomas Awad each earned All-America honors in their respective disciplines.
Mattis placed second in the men’s discus while Awad finished 22nd in the men’s 5,000 meters. With their placements, they became the 37th and 38th All-American’s in Penn men’s track and field history.
Mattis advanced to the men’s discus final after concluding the second flight with a throw of 57.98 meters (190-3 ft.), finishing seventh overall and within the top-9 that advanced forward to finals. His fifth round throw of 60.96 meters (200-0 ft.) pushed him into second place with one chance left to take the top spot, but a championship win wouldn’t be in the cards. It marked the third-straight year that Mattis posted a top-5 finish at NCAAs as he also earned his third-straight first team All-America laurels.
Just minutes later, Awad took to the oval for the 5k in one of the most anticipated races of the championship. In a field that included some of the top distance talent in the country, a lead group broke away from the pack with 1,200 meters to go. Awad was a part of the chase group, but couldn’t make up for the gap the leaders had put on the peloton. The senior harrier crossed the finish line in 22nd place en route to honorable mention All-America honors.
Following tonight’s competition, the Quaker duo wrapped up their collegiate careers in the Red and Blue as two of the most successful athletes in Penn track and field history. Combined, they’ve accounted for one national championship, four USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Region Athlete of the Year laurels, eight All-America honors, and nine individual Heps championships. The two have also each qualified to participate in the U.S. Olympic Trials set to take place back in Eugene in early July as they look to make Team USA ahead of the Rio Olympics.