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PHILADELPHIA - Though its not quite Texas, the University of Pennsylvania men's outdoor track and field team will head back South this weekend. The Quakers will compete at George Mason's Patriot Invitational on Saturday in Fairfax, Va.
The competition starts at high noon for the Quakers with sophomore Karl Ingram in the javelin and freshman Everett Hateley in the pole vault. The first track event is the 4x100-meter relay at 1:05 p.m. The distance events will encompass the second half of the day and will be capped by the 5,000 meters at 9:05 p.m.
Two weeks ago, the Quakers competed in the Texas Relays and finished in the top 10 in the 4x800-meter relay. Last week, back home at Franklin Field for the Penn Invite, sophomore Jake Brenza won twice and was joined atop the podium by Efayomi Carr, Mike Vido, and the 4x100 and 4x800 relay teams for the Quakers.
Last year at George Mason, then-senior Luke Grau posted the fastest 5,000 meters since 2005 and then-freshman Maalik Reynolds earned one of his many victories in the high jump. Grau ran into the Penn record books when he finished fourth in the 5,000 with a career-best time of 14:18.62. That mark placed him ninth all-time at Penn in the event and qualified him for the IC4A Championships.
A full recap of the meet will be available at PennAthletics.com shortly after the completion of the day's events.