Men's Track Places First at Villanova Invitational

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – In the first of two-consecutive weekends in which the Quakers will travel to the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex, the University of Pennsylvania men’s track and field team finished first at the Villanova Invitational on Saturday. In addition to several personal bests and top-ten program marks, the Quakers led the nine-team field with 101 total points.

Chris Hatler was the Quakers’ top performer, winning the mile run title, and in turn recording the third-fastest time (4:03.23) in the Red and Blue record books. The junior now sits behind just Thomas Awad and Denis Elton Cochrane on Penn’s all-time list.

Penn also compiled a strong showing in the 3,000, tallying three top-six finishers in the event. Junior Lyle Wistar led the way in third place, clocking a personal-best time of 8:19.00. Chris Luciano (8:19.91) and Kevin Monogue (8:19.92) placed fifth and sixth, respectively.

Another personal best that was recorded on Saturday was from William Bishop in the shot put. En route to a second-place showing in the event, Bishop registered a toss of 16.53 meters (No. 8 all-time).

A week after recording the ninth-best time in program history, freshman Calvary Rogers upped that mark on Saturday. The rookie clocked a time of 21.74 in the 200, a mark fast enough to place second on Saturday and No. 3 in the Penn record books.

Classmate Elias Graca also put together a top-ten mark on Saturday. The rookie ran a time of 1:51.44 in the 800, grabbing the eighth-best time on Penn’s all-time list.

In addition to the rookie success, the Quakers also picked up a pair of third-place efforts from senior Thomas Pitt. Pitt recorded a mark of 2.02 meters in the high jump, and a distance of 7.01 meters in the long jump.

In addition to the individual accolades, the Quakers also notched a nice effort in the 4x400 relay. The team of Jeff Wiseman, Rogers, Graca, and Drew Magaha placed second with a time of 3:15.26.

Penn will be back in Staten Island next weekend for the National Fastrack Invitational.

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