Men's Track and Field Wins Mile Run at Princeton Invite


PRINCETON, N.J.--The Penn men's track and field team got the indoor season started at the Princeton Invite and had the top three finishes in the mile run. Senior Tim Kaijala won the event with a time of 4:14.95 and was followed by teammates Bryan Scotland (4:19.10) and Brian Lang (4:19.55).

The Red and Blue started the day with the 60 meter hurdles. Penn put six in the mix—Max Westman (8.41), Kyle Calvo (8.50), Mike Hall (8.70), Anthony Abitante (8.91), Jeremy Sinclair (9.03) and James Foreman (9.32). Westman and Calvo qualified for the finals and finished second (8.30) and sixth (8.49), respectively.

In the 60 meter dash, Kevin Benjamin (7.13), Jason Ellis (7.27) and Pete Habegger (7.42) entered the preliminaries with Benjamin advancing to the finals. The junior finished shaved 12-hundredths off his preliminary time and finished third at 7.01, just one hundredth of a second behind the second place finisher.

The 500 saw seven Penn entrants with junior Sam Shepherd leading the way in seventh place. He paced the Quakers with a time of 1:06.24 and set a new personal best.

In the 1000 Mike Stein was narrowly beat out for the top spot. His time of 2:32.62 came in just behind Jason Sullivan of Temple at 2:32.26. Dan Frost (2:38.16) and Dan Higgins (2:40.94) also finished in the top-10 in fourth and eighth, respectively.

Another Penn-rich event, the 300 featured seven Quakers. Three finished in the top-10—Willie Harris (35.48), Andrew Anderson (35.73) and Benjamin (36.26).

The 3000 had just one Quaker in the mix, but Clayton Smith finished in second place with a time of 8:55.78.

The Quakers tested four combinations in the 4x400 relay. The “A” team finished fourth with a time of 3:24.07 and was comprised of Anderson, Benjamin, Westman and Shepherd. Penn “C” (David Lint, Alan Hill, Scott Hernandez and Harris) were eighth at 3:27.52. Penn “B” (Stein, Kevin Kiley, Kaijala and Scotland) were 12th at 3:29.16 and Penn “D” (Calvo, Habegger, Halland Ben McKean) rounded out the group in 14th with a time of 3:32.74.

In the field events, Andrew McMillen marked 14.67m in the weight throw. Penn had four men take on the pole vault. Abitante cleared 4.80m for second place while Calvocame in sixth after a jump-off at 4.50m. A newcomer, Foreman cleared 4.35m for seventh and senior captain Hallcleared 4.20m in ninth.

The men are off for break until January 18-19, 2008 when they travel to State College, Pa. to participate in the Penn State Open.