Men's Track Makes Headway at Fastrack Invite

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – A record-breaking run from the distance-medley team highlighted a strong effort for the University of Pennsylvania men’s track and field team on Friday at the Fastrack National Invite in Staten Island.

The team of Thomas Awad, Jeff Wiseman, Elias Graca, and Chris Hatler registered a time of 9:38.81 to snap a school mark that has stood since 2005 (Jaworski, Ljungquist, Kaijala, Hayes).

Other distance events also offered success for the Quakers, as both Nick Tuck and Patrick Hally posted personal-bests in the 3,000. Tuck raced to the seventh-fastest time in the Penn record books with a time of 8:12.68, while Hally clocked a mark of 8:15.46 (No. 9 all-time).

It was more of the same in the 5,000. Brendan Smith led the way with a second-place finish, placing behind just Evan Chiplock of Virginia. His time of 14:18.86 was also low enough to put him second in Penn history. Brendan Shearn followed in 14:19.28, which puts him third all-time. Ross Wilson (5th), Chris Luciano (8th) and Kevin Monogue (10th) also finished in the top ten. Wilson’s time of 14:26.67 slots him fifth on the Quakers’ top-time list.

Mike Monroe also made his presence felt on Friday with a first-place showing in the high jump. The sophomore leapt his way to the title with a jump of 2.14 meters (7’ 0.25’’).

Ben Bowers kicked off the day with a career best in the high hurdles. The senior’s mark of 8.03 was quick enough to place third in the event, and rank him third in the Red and Blue record books.