PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s track and field team showed why they enjoy competing on their home turf on Saturday, as they took home first place at the Penn Challenge. The Quakers totaled 177.5 points, finishing ahead of UConn (158.5), Army West Point (130), Rider (53), Villanova (29), and Sacred Heart (6).
Penn posted wins in nine of the 19 events, including another dominant performance from senior Sam Mattis. Although it didn’t near last week’s historical performance, the senior captain took home gold in the discus—tossing over nine meters further than the field. Teammate Noah Kennedy-White placed second in the event with a throw of 52.33.
In the closest finish of the day, freshman Calvary Rogers narrowly took home the title in the 200 meters. Showing off the closing speed, the rookie crossed the finish line .06 seconds faster (21.55) than UConn’s Chinedu Amonu.
Other wins for Penn includedJeff Wiseman in the 400-meter dash (48.25) and senior Drew Magahain the 800 (1:51.36).
Chris Hatler (1,500) and Nick Tuck (3,000 steeplechase) also impressed on the distance side of things. Hatler recorded a winning time of 3:46.34, while Tuck dominated the 3,000 with a mark of 8:51.55. Hatler paced a 1-2-3 finish for the Quakers, with Patrick Hally and Keaton Naff placing second and third respectively.
Mike Monroe (high jump) and William Bishop (shot put) were also victorious for the Quakers in a pair of field events. Monroe leapt to a victorious mark of 2.10 meters, while Bishop registered a top toss of 16.12.
The Quakers capped off the successful day with a win in the 4x400 relay. The squad of Wiseman, Christian Kildal-Brandt, Elias Graca, and Drew Magaha posted a triumphant time of 3:17.95.
The Quakers will be back in action next weekend, heading to three different locations around the country. Texas, California and Florida will provide the settings for Penn. A full preview will be posted to PennAthletics.com early next week.