Men's Track & Field Tops Oxford/Cambridge in Transatlantic Series


ITHACA, N.Y. - In the biennial matchup with Oxford and Cambridge, the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team combines with Cornell to take on the British duo. This year, the historic track meet was held in Ithaca, N.Y., on Saturday, and once again, the American Universities came out on top with wins in 14 of the 19 events.

Following traditional British scoring, each event winner earns one point for their team. Senior Tim Carey and freshman Sam Mattis won the 400-meter hurdles and discus, respectively, to score for the Penn-Cornell duo.

Carey was tops in the 400 hurdles with a winning time of 53.26. The Big Red and Quakers had the top three spots in the event before the first British competitor crossed the line. Carey edged his Cornell counterpart by five-hundreths of a second to earn the victory and was about a second ahead of senior Michael Brown.

Mattis was the runaway winner in the discus. He had three tosses better than the rest of the field. His best was his last. It landed at 55.88 (183 feet, 4 inches) - more than 12 feet better than the next closest competitor.

In the 200 meters, senior Mason Smith broke 22 seconds for the first time in his career. His finish of 21.97 was just eight-tenths of a second off the top spot and just behind Oxford-Cambridge's top sprinter.

In addition, sophomore Kyle Webster broke the 15-second barrier in the 110-meter hurdles for the first time in his collegiate career. Heading into a slight headwind, he was third in the event with a time of 14.99.

Not to be outdone, in the field, Karl Ingram also set a personal best. The junior eclipsed 200 feet for the third time in his career and finished second overall. His last toss struck the ground at 62.75 meters (205-10 ft.) which was 20 centimeters better than his previous best.

Junior Jake Brenza was the runner-up in the shot put. He was consistently over 15 meters throughout the afternoon and his final toss was his best at 15.56 meters (51-00.75 ft.). Brenza was also third in the hammer and discus.

Penn and Cornell meet Oxford and Cambridge in the transatlantic dual approximately every two years, alternating as the hosts on each occassion. In 2010, for the last meeting, the Quakers and Big Red went across the Atlantic. Penn hosted Cornell and their overseas guests at Franklin Field in 2009, and next summer, the two U.S. schools are scheduled to travel back to England.

Next up, the Quakers will head to Fairfax, Va., for the George Mason Invitational on Saturday.