Princeton, N.J. - Penn won both relays and sophomore Tim Kaijala won the mile run to lead the men’s track team to a successful season opener at the Princeton Holiday Classic, held Saturdayat Jadwin Gym.
The Red and Blue had 14 top-eight finishes on the day, including 12 top-five performances.
Kaijala finished the mile in 4:13.14, while teammate Alejandro Shepard crossed the finish line in fourth and a time of 4:25.68. Sophomore John Guzman was the runner-up in the 1,000 with a time of 2:30.39. Rookie Chris Howell was not far behind, in fifth with a time of 2:33.74. Michael Cassidy clocked in at 8:44.35 in the 3,000, which was good enough for fifth place.
Freshman Kevin Benjamin took third in the 300-meter dashin a time of 35.31 and placed eighth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.41. Junior Carson Schmiett also picked up a third-place finish in the 500, clocking in at 1:06.31. The trio of Michael Bale, Mike Hall and Kyle Calvo finished fourth, fifth and seventh, respectively, in the 60-meter hurdles.
In the field events, Penn got a fifth-place finish from freshman Anthony Abitante in the pole vault as he vaulted 4.45m (14’7.25”) in his collegiate debut. Michael Daley placed sixth in the triple jump with a leap of 12.97m (42’06.75). Sophomore Pete Habegger placed eighth in the long jump with a leap of 6.88m (22’07”).
Penn won both relays, taking the 4x400m relay in 3:21.39 and the 4x800m relay in 8:02.91.
The Red and Blue return to action Jan. 14 at Navy in Annapolis, Md.