PHILADELPHIA – It was a performance of epic proportions that highlighted the University of Pennsylvania men’s track and field team’s home debut at the Philadelphia College Classic on Saturday.
If you didn’t think Sam Mattis could outdo his NCAA National Championship performance of year ago, you were wrong. The senior captain registered the best mark currently in the WORLD in the discus on Saturday, tossing a distance of 67.45 meters.
The score was also good enough for an IAAF Olympic A standard, as well as a new Penn and Ivy League record. In addition, it is the fourth-best mark in NCAA history. Also in his series of throws, he posted a toss of 67.20—which ranks fifth all-time in NCAA lure. To put things in perspective, Mattis won the National Championship last season with a throw of 62.48 meters.
Mattis also put together a win in the shot put, throwing to a mark of 16.76 meters.
Other winners for Penn on Saturday included Patrick Hally (1,500m), Chris Hatler (3,000m), Nick Tuck (steeplechase), and Sean Ryan (hammer throw).
Hally ran to a time of 3:51.44, while Hatler crossed the finish line in 8:23.37. Tuck recorded a mark of 5:49.07, leading the way for a top-three finish for the Quakers. Ryan compiled a toss of 57.21 meters for his first win of the outdoor season.
The Quakers will return home next weekend for the Penn Challenge at Franklin Field on Saturday.