Men's Track and Field Readies Itself for Indoor Heptagonal Championships

The men’s track and field team is readying itself for the 2005 Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championships on Feb. 26 and Feb. 27 at Gordon Indoor Track in Cambridge, Mass.

Sophomore transfer Grafton Ifill has turned in three top performances in the Ivy League this season, qualified for the IC4As in two events and set a school record in his first season with the Red Blue. Ifill qualified for IC4As in the 60m with a time of 6.94, the second-best time in the League and the 200m with the top-time of 21.24 seconds. His time just missed the NCAA qualifying mark by one one-hundredth of second but was good enough to set the new Penn record. The native of Nassau, Bahamas also ran the top time in the 55m by clocking a 6.47.

Junior Courtney Jaworski will look to defend his 800m crown and perhaps etch his name in the record books breaking the Heps record. The Tacoma, Wash. native ran a League-best 1:49.78 during the regular season and can potentially threaten the meet record of 1:50.36 set by Princeton’s Keefe Clemmons in 1988. Along with qualifying for IC4As in the 800m, he posted 2:26.28 in the 1,000m for the top-time in the Ancient Eight along with a berth at IC4As.

Senior Neal Wojdowski, who placed third last season at Heps, has the second-highest mark in the pole vault this season, with a qualifying vault of 16’8.75.”

Also posting the top-two times in the Ancient Eight were senior Nolan Tully in the 3,000m with an IC4A qualifying time of 8:06.73 and rookie Mike Hall with a mark of 7.91 in the 55m high hurdles. Hall also qualified for IC4As in the heptathlon with 4,817 points.

Rookie Kyle Calvo qualified for IC4As in two events garnering a League-best 5,042 points in the heptathlon and posting the second-best mark in the long jump (23’5.75” inches).

Other IC4A qualifiers include: sophomores Eric Ljundquist (49.28) and Cody Schovitz (49.28) in the 400m, Carson Schmiett (1:04.75) in the 500m, freshman Tim Kaijala in the 800m (1:52.09) and the 1,000m (2:28.26), senior Scott Sebens in the 800m (1:52.94) and the 1,000m (2:27.34), and rookie Pete Habeggar in the long jump (23’3.35).

For a complete schedule of events and to follow results online, visit www.ivyleaguesports.com or click here.

-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant