PHILADELPHIA - After a weekend in Ithaca, N.Y., the University of Pennsylvania men's track & field team will head South once again. This Saturday, the Red and Blue head to Virginia for the George Mason Patriot Invitational.
Saturday's meet in Fairfax will start at noon with the women's hammer and the men's javelin. The first track event is the 100-meter dash at 1 p.m. The afternoon concludes with the 4x400-meter relay at 4:25 p.m., while the distance events begin at 7 p.m. with the 800 meters and are set to finish with the men's 5,000 meters at 9:40 p.m.
The Quakers were in Fairfax last year as well. Then-senior Ryan Cunningham and Jake Brenza each found their way into the record books. Brenza finished second with a career-best toss of16.08 meters (52 feet, 8 1/2 inches) in the shot put and climbed into 10th place all-time at Penn. Cunningham followed up with one of the best 1,500 meters ever run at Penn. He finished in a personal-best time of 3:45.93 to place his name in sixth-place in the school record book.
Last week, in the biennial matchup with Oxford and Cambridge, Penn combined 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. Senior Tim Carey and freshman Sam Mattis won the 400-meter hurdles and discus, respectively, to score for the Penn-Cornell duo.
Coming up soon, the 119th edition of the Penn Relays is set for April 25-27 at Franklin Field. Last year, the three-day attendance totaled 117,346. Get your tickets for the 2013 Penn Relays here.
A full recap will be available at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of the meet.