Philadelphia Seniors Neal Wojdowski and Steve Hayes, along with freshman Tim Kaijala each notched first-place finishes in their respective events as the University of Pennsylvania men’s indoor track and field team took second at the Navy Multi-Meet. Navy captured the event with 200m while Penn earned 121 points. UNC-Wilmington (89) took third, Virginia Commonwealth (62) placed fourth, while Robert Morris rounded out the field with 51 points.
Wojdowski captured the pole vault with a mark of 4.85 meters. The Quakers also took the 4x800 relay in a winning time of 8:02.46 beating out Navy (8:03.35).
In the 800m, Kaijala clocked a time of 1:55.74 to edge out Navy’s Paul Harris (1:55.54) by five-tenths of a second. Freshman John Guzman also earned points for Penn placing sixth in a time of 1:59.93.
Hayes was victorious in the 3000m recording a time of 8:36.57 nearly six seconds faster than the runner-up. Sophomore Mike LaQuaglia took fifth with a time of 8:53.09 and Larry Contrella placed seventh (9:03.27).
In the mile, senior Courtney Jaworski finished second posting a time of 4:13.19 while Nolan Tully took third in 4:15.60. Dan Howard (4:22.86) and Matt VanAntwerp (4:23.65) finished fifth and sixth respectively.
Rookie Mike Provenzano placed third in the 200m with a time of 22.78 in a very tight race. Provenzano edged out UNC-Wilmington’s A.J. Kaschak by two-hundredths of a second for third place. VCU’s Jackie DeShazo took the event in 22.44 while Navy’s Jamar Green was the runner-up in 22.63.
In the 400m, Cody Schovitz placed third (50.67) while Pete Cochran placed seventh (52.03). In the 500m, Carson Schmiett finished third in a time of 1:06.62, while Eric Ljungquist took fifth in 1:07.03. Senior Scott Sebens placed third in the 1000m with a time of 2:29.96, while Mike Lang posteda 2:33.58 to finish sixth.
Penn had several top-five finishes in the field events. Junior Michael Daley placed fifth in the long jump (6.63m) and fourth in the triple jump (13.37). Also in the triple jump, Pete Habeggar placed fifth (13.36m) and Brent James placed sixth (13.29). Rookie Kyle Calvo took second in the high jump with a mark of 2.01 meters, while Mike Hall placed fifth (1.91m). Hall also earned points for the Red and Blue with a sixth-place finish in the 55m hurdles in a time of 8.07.
The Quakers are back in action on Jan. 21 as they travel to the University of Rhode Island.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant