ITHACA, N.Y. – The University of Pennsylvania men’s track & field team finished the 2016 Indoor Heptagonal Championships with a fourth-place finish. The Quakers scored 75 points at the meet, which was conducted over the weekend at Cornell University.
Princeton won the team title, followed by host Cornell. Dartmouth took third place, five points ahead of the Quakers, while Harvard was a distant fifth.
Penn’s highlight on Sunday came in the distance medley relay, where the Quakers defended their title by the slimmest of margins. The team of Nick Tuck, James Buser, Chris Hatler and Thomas Awad clocked 10:00.58 to defeat second-place Yale by just .09 seconds and third-place Cornell by .54 seconds.
A trio of Penn athletes earned second-place finishes on Sunday. In the 200-meter dash, freshman Calvary Rogers just missed winning the championship as he took second by a mere .02 seconds. Rogers’ time of 21.58 was the second-fastest in Penn history and bested his best this season by .16 seconds.
In the high jump, Mike Monroe cleared 6 feet, 11.75 inches to finish second overall. He was joined as a point-scorer by Thomas Pitt, who was fifth with a top height of 6 feet, 8.25 inches. In the 500, Jeff Wiseman clocked 1:03.65 on his way to a second-place finish.
Sam Mattis took third place in the shot put, with a distance of 55 feet, 11.75 inches that was a personal best and the second-best distance in program history. Also on the field side Sunday, Jordan Palmer took fourth in the triple jump with a top distance of 47 feet, 9 inches.
Freshman Elias Graca was a third-place finisher in the 800, clocking 1:52.47.
Penn had two scorers in both the mile and 5,000. In the 5,000, Brendan Shearn took fourth overall in 14:34.67 while Brendan Smith was sixth in 14:38.56. In the mile, Chris Hatler and Keaton Naff were fifth and sixth, respectively, in 4:14.99 and 4:16.55. In the 1,000, Kirk Webb scored a fifth-place finish in 2:29.85, while freshman Joseph Novak was just off the podium with a time of 2:30.74 (just .56 from scoring).
Penn’s 4x400 relay team of Ben Bowers, Rogers, Drew Magaha and Wiseman took fourth place, in 3:17.74, while the 4x800 team was sixth in a time of 7:42.15.