Men's Track Finishes Second at Angry Birds Invite

Bethlehem, Pa. – The University of Pennsylvania men’s track and field team finished second at Saturday’s Angry Birds Invitational at Lehigh University. The Quakers tallied 140 total points, finishing behind Monmouth (210), but ahead of Lehigh (127), Winthrop (49), and Saint Joseph's University (34).

It was the distance events that led the way for the Red and Blue on Saturday. Sophomore Patrick Hally, who took home the one-mile crown (4:18.75), led the way for a 1-2-3 finish for Penn. Senior Brendan Smith raced to second place with a time of 4:19.23, while freshman Sam Webb placed third in 4:19.96.

It was more of the same in the 3,000 meters, this time a 1-2 showing from the Quakers. Junior Chris Hatler led the way with a time of 8:29.59, edging out teammate Clark Shurtleff by nearly five seconds (8:34.50).

Another winner for Penn on Saturday was Mike Benz, who exploded his way to the pole-vault title. The sophomore recorded a top mark of 4.57 meters.

The Quakers also had a pair of 2-3 finishes in the 200 and 800 meters. Freshman Christian Kildal-Brandt dashed to a mark of 22.84 to place second, while Ben Bowers came in at 23.31 for the third place.

In the 800, sophomore James Buser tallied the second-place showing with a time of 1:55.13. Freshman Joe Novak finished third, crossing the finish line in 1:56.20.

The Quakers will return to action next weekend, traveling to rival Princeton for the Tiger Open on Saturday.


Download: Angry Birds Complete Results.pdf