Men's Track and Field Races at Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup


UNIVERSITY CITY, Pa.--The Penn men's track and field team set 10 IC4A qualifying marks at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup hosted by Penn State in University City, Pa. over the weekend.

Sophomore Joey Brown ran an IC4A qualifying mark of 6.94 in the preliminaries of the 60 meter dash and then shaved it down to 6.90 for sixth in the finals. He previously qualified with a time of 6.92 at the Giegengack Invite last weekend.

Two Quakers qualified in the 400 meter dash. Sam Shepherd took fifth in the race and ran a 48.85. It is the third time time he has qualified for IC4As in the 400 this season. Max Westman also snuck under the 49.50 standard with a time of 49.46 and 11th place in the race.

Junior Tim Kaijala took second in the 800 meter run with a tim eof 1:49.92, just shy of the NCAA provisional mark of 1:49.90. Kaijala has already met the NCAA provisional standard witha time of 1:49.40 last weekend. John Guzman and Bryan Scotland also ran IC4A qualifying times in the 800. Guzman was clocked at 1:52.99 while Scotland came in at 1:54.54. Guzman's race was his fastest of the season.

Kaijala, Guzman and Scotland combined with Andrew Anderson to set an IC4A qualifying mark in the distance medley, 9:54.57. The team will need to shave nearly 10 seconds off that time to meet the NCAA provisional standard.

The field events also yielded three IC4A marks. Anthony Abitante cleared 5.00m in the pole vault. Abitante cleared the same height last weekend. Kyle Calvo jumped to 7.11m for seventh place and his second qualifying mark of the season. Finally, Andrew McMillen threw the shot put 15.61m for his longest mark of the season and first IC4A mark.

The Quakers now gear up for Ivy Heptagonals, Feb. 24-25 in New York City.