NEW YORK, N.Y. - Led by a victory from Tom Timmins, a trio of Quakers qualified for the IC4A Championships in the 500 meters to help the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team to a second-place team finish at College Night at the Armory on Saturday in New York City. The Quakers also won the 4x400 relay, qualified three others in the mile and claimed the top two spots in the shot put.
Penn finished second among the 13 teams that scored at the meet. The Quakers accumulated 116.5 points which was well ahead of LIU Brooklyn's third-place total of 76. Princeton won the meet with 175.5 points.
Timmins won the 500 meters for the second straight meet to start the season. He improved upon his IC4A qualifying time with a winning mark of 1:04.13. Freshman Tim Hamlett was just off that pace with a runner-up finish of 1:04.35 and senior Allante Keels was fourth at 1:05.00.
The trio also led the Quakers to victory in the 4x400-meter relay. Keels, Timmins and Hamlett took the first three legs and freshman Brandon Senior crossed the finish line for the Red and Blue. He stopped the clock at 3:17.55 to edge out Virginia State in a photo finish.
Penn finished 1-2 in the shot put. Junior Jake Brenza and Sam Mattis battled back and forth for the top spot. Mattis held the lead after his fifth and best toss of 15.59 meters (51 feet, 1 3/4 inches). But Brenza retook the lead on his final throw of the night. It landed at 15.61 meters (51-02.75 ft.).
Senior hurdlers Tim Carey and Michael Brown added points in the 60-meter hurdles. Brown was second in the preliminaries with a collegiate-best effort of 8.40 and finished seventh overall at 8.43. Carey was eighth in the finals at 8.47.
Senior also scored in the 60 meters with an eigth-place finish of 7.12, and a pair of freshmen scored in the 200 meters - Harrison Scharf was fifth at 22.58 and Chad Payne was seventh at 22.78. James Killian added an eighth-place showing in the 400 meters (50.32) and Mato Bekelja was sixth in the 800 meters at 1:56.16.
Three Quakers scored in the mile as the Red and Blue claimed three of the top four spots. Clark Shurtleff was the runner-up as he ran side-by-side with teammates John Foye and Thomas Awad to the finish line. Shurtleff was just a few steps from first at 4:13.36, Foye was just 18 tenths behind that mark and Awad came across at 4:14.33. All three qualified for the IC4A Championships.
In the field, freshman Thomas Pitt was fifth in the high jump and sixth in the long jump. He cleared 1.95 meters (6-04.75 ft.) in the high jump and was perfect through that height. His best leap in the long jump measured 6.58 meters (21-07.25 ft.). Sophomore Everett Hateley was fourth in the pole vault when he cleared 4.40 meters (14-05.25 ft.) and sophomore Nick Straughn was fourth in the triple jump at 13.82 meters (45-04.25 ft.).
Its back to Lehigh, the site of the season opener in December, on Saturday. The Quakers will compete at the Moutain Hawk Invite in Bethlehem, Pa.