Men's Track and Field Starts Year Strong at Lehigh

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The University of Pennsylvania’s men’s indoor track and field team put together a strong showing at the Lehigh Invitational over the weekend. Although the meet had no team scores, the Quakers compiled numerous impressive efforts to begin the 2015-16 season.

Sam Mattis, the National Champion in the discus last season, earned a pair of event wins for the Quakers. The senior tossed his way to the shot put and weight throw titles, finishing with throws of 16.47 meters and 18.25 meters respectively. Junior Billy Bishop placed second in the shot put, throwing to a mark of 16.15 meters.

Jeff Wiseman also picked up where he left off in 2015, winning the 500 meters crown. The sophomore led the way for a 1-2-3 finish for Penn, crossing the finish line in 1:06.27. Freshman Ryan Finch placed second for the Red and Blue (1:06.29), while Junior Clark Mangini (1:06.79) rounded out the impressive effort.

The 1,000 meters was also a strong event for Penn, as freshman Elias Graca and sophomore James Buser tallied a 1-2 finish. Graca snagged the title with a time of 2:32.39, while Buser clocked a mark of 2:34.20.

A pair of other events finished 1-2 for the Quakers, with two Penn squads placing atop the 4 x 400 relay and Michael Benz and John Li impressing on pole vault. The top relay team finished with a time of 3:24.42, and the second-place squad crossed the finish line in 3:25.64. Benz and Li ended up tying for the top mark on pole vault, with a height of 4.50 meters.

Other winners for Penn included Ben Bowers, Ian Kirk, Jordan Palmer, and Thomas Pitt. Bowers hauled in the 60-meters crown with a time of 8.24, while Kirk jumped to a mark of 2.00 meters in the high jump.

Palmer snagged first in the triple jump with a mark of 14.26, while Pitt finished atop the long jump with a leap of 7.12 meters.

The Quakers will be back in action in 2016, opening up the New Year at the Mountain Hawk Challenge on January 16.

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Download: Lehigh Fast Time Complet Results.pdf