Mattis Wins for Track & Field at ECAC/IC4A's

PRINCETON, N.J. - Sophomore Sam Mattis won the IC4A title in the men's discus to highlight the ECAC/IC4A Championships for the University of Pennsylvania track and field teams this weekend at Princeton's Weaver Stadium.

Mattis, who won his second straight Heps title in the discus with a meet record toss last week, earned his first IC4A title with a winning throw of 60.47 meters (198-05 ft.). Also in the event, Noah Kennedy-White was just outside the scoring with a 10th-place finish of 50.57 meters (165-11 ft.).

Also scoring for the men was senior Conner Paez. In his final race of the year, Paez was eighth in the 10,000 meters. He finished in 31:00.68 and is expected to return for a fifth-year after missing his sophomore season due to a devastating leg injury.

On the women's side, the 4x800-meter relay scored for the Quakers with a third-place finish. Carey Celata, Ella Wurth, Gabrielle Cuccia and Pauline Dabrowski finished fifth in the preliminaries at 8:55.11 to qualify for the finals of the event. Then in the finals, the Red and Blue posted the third-fastest time in school history at 8:47.66.

In the other relays, the men's 4x100 was 12th with a time of 41.57, while the women's 4x400 was 13th with a finish of 3:47.20.

Senior captain Jake Brenza was tops for the Quakers in the men's shot put. He was just out of the scoring with a ninth-place finish. His best toss measured 16.88 meters (55-04.75 ft.).

In the men's 400-meter hurdles, junior Tom Timmins just missed the finals with a ninth-place finish of 53.07. Meanwhile, freshman Nick Tuck nearly scored in the men's steeplechase. In his first IC4A meet, he was 12th with a time of 9:06.68. Senior captain Mason Smith reached the semifinals of the men's 100 meters with a preliminary time of 10.86 and then capped his career in the Red and Blue with a 12th-place finish of 10.85.

Freshman Cleo Whiting was 14th in the women's 5,000 meters with a time of 16:42.29, while sophomore Kelsey Hay was 10th in the women's javelin with a toss of 42.85 meters (140-07 ft.).

Of the 57 men's teams that scored points at the meet, the Quakers finished 29th overall with 11 points. On the women's side, there were also 57 teams with points and the Quakers were 45th with six points.

Next up are the NCAA Championships. The top 48 in each individual event qualify for the preliminary rounds of the NCAA's. The NCAA field will be announced later this week and the East Preliminaries will take place May 29-31 in Jacksonville, Fla.