PHILADELPHIA – Fresh off putting on one of the best performances in the history of the NCAA on Saturday,Sam Mattis of the University of Pennsylvania men’s track and field team was named the USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week.
Mattis was spectacular during the Quakers' home debut this past weekend at the Philadelphia College Classic. The 2015 NCAA discus champion registered the top mark in the world in the same event, posting a toss of 67.45 meters. Not only did this toss break a school and Ivy League record, it also surpassed his National-Championship mark of 62.48 by nearly five meters.
The 67.45 meters was also far enough to reach an IAAF Olympic ‘A’ Standard, and rank fourth all-time in NCAA history. It is also the farthest in NCAA history by a student-athlete born in the United States of America. In addition, Mattis recorded a toss of 67.20—which ranks fifth in NCAA history. To further put things in perspective, Mattis’ throw on Saturday would have placed fourth at the 2012 Olympics in London.
Mattis and the rest of the Quakers will be back at home on Saturday for the Penn Challenge (1 p.m.), which will be broadcast live on FloTrack.com and the Ivy League Digital Network.