STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The Penn men's track & field team is off to a nice start at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup, which began Friday and continues through Saturday at Penn State's Horace Ashenfelter III Track.
The Quakers had Joey Brown qualify for the final of the 60-meter dash, while Max Westman gained a spot in the final for the 60-meter hurdles. With a qualifying time of 7.05 seconds, Brown barely made his final, beating several runners -- including teammate Kevin Benjamin -- by one-hundredth of a second for the eighth spot. In the final, Brown clocked 7.04 to take fifth overall. In the hurdles race, Westman clocked 8.20 seconds in his heat to gain the final, then improved to 8.12 there to take second overall.
In addition to Benjamin, Jason Ellis (7.28 seconds) and Jeremy Sinclair (7.48) competed in the 60-meter dash; in the hurdles, Willie Harris (8.37/10th), Mike Hall (8.53) and Sinclair (8.62) participated. Hall -- one of Penn's many standout multi-event athletes -- also competed in the long jump Friday, and placed 13th with a top leap of 6.55 meters.
Larry Contrella took fourth and Mike Lovejoy sixth in the 5,000-meter run, with Contrella timed in 14:57.49 and Lovejoy in 15:01.46. Kevin Sullivan was ninth in that event in 15:08.23.
In the distance medley relay, Penn's team took sixth overall -- the Quakers' clocked 10:09.94 with a team consisting of Kevin Kiley, Ben McKean, Darryll Oliver and Philip Cawkwell.
The Quakers will conclude participation at the Sykes-Sabock Saturday.