ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Competing against one of the best teams in the region, the University of Pennsylvania men’s track and field team put together several strong performances at Navy’s Wesley Brown Invitational on Saturday. The host Midshipmen entered the day as the second-ranked squad in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Senior Sam Mattis, the defending NCAA champion in the discus, opened the day by recording a personal record in the weight throw. En route to finishing second in the event, Mattis improved upon his fifth-best score in Penn history with a toss of 18.41 meters.
Michael Monroe was one of three Quakers to notch wins on Saturday, leaping his way to a high-jump crown. He led the way in a 1-2-3 finish for the Quakers, registering a score of 2.04 meters. Ian Kirk and Thomas Pitt followed in second and third place, respectively.
Freshman Calvary Rogers was another victor on Saturday, racing to the 200 crown. Rogers darted to a time of 22.10, which ranks as the ninth-best in Penn history.
The Quakers also posted the fastest time in the 4x400 relay. The squad of Jeff Wiseman, Kory Fitzgerald, Elias Graca, and DrewMagaha crossed the finish line in 3:20.61.
Individually, Wiseman finished second in the 400 meters, and in the process picked up the ninth-fastest time in program history (48.57).
Other notable performers for Penn included Brendan Smith and Chris Hatler. Smith recorded a new personal record in the 3,000 meters, registering a time of 8:10.46. The mark was also fast enough to rank as the sixth-best time in Penn history. Hatler also entered the Red and Blue record books in the mile run, crossing the finish line in 4:05.98 – good for No. 6 on the Quakers’ all-time list.
Penn will be back in action next weekend, traveling up to Staten Island to compete in the Villanova Invitational.