Men's Track Takes Second at Navy


ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The University of Pennsylvania men's track team finished second among six teams at Navy Saturday afternoon. Two Quakers won their events,and the Quakershad 20 top-five finishes.

Senior Courtney Jaworski won the 1,000 in a time of 2:26.07, and freshman Kevin Benjamin won the 55-meter dash in6.45 to lead the Red and Blue.

In the running events, sophomore Tim Kaijala took second in the mile with a time of 4:11.89 and rookie Sam Shepard was second in the 400 in a time of 50:99. Sophomore John Guzman was third in the 800 with a time of 1:56.87. Several Quakers finished fourth in their respective events -- Michael Bale in the 55-meter hurdles (7.98), Jason Ellis in the 200 (23.27) and Chris Howell in the 800 (1:57.6) -- and four Quakers placed fifth, includingMike Hall in the 55-meter hurdles (8.01), Bryan Scotland in the 800 (1:57.75), Joel Miller in the 400 (51.99) and Ian Foley in the 3,000 (8:41.29).

In the field events, Penn had a few top-five performances, as well. Freshman Anthony Abitante was second in the pole vault, while teammate Mike Hall was third and Kyle Calvo was fifth; Abitante cleared 4.60m, Hall vaulted 4.45m and Calvo cleared 4.30m. Michael Daly was the runner-up in the long jump, leaping 6.67m. He also finished fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 13.21m.Peter Cochran and Pete Habegger finished third and fourth in the long jump with leaps of 6.64m and 6.55m, respectively.

The Quakers took second in both the 4x400 and 4x800 relays. The mile relay finished in a time of 3:21.43, while the two-mile relay crossed the finish line in 8:01.59.

Navy won the meet with 196 points. Penn had 120 points, followed by Robert Morris in third (102.50), Virginia Commonwealth in fourth (58.50), American in fifth (37) and Winthrop in sixth (12).

The Red and Blue return to action Jan. 27 at the Ivy League vs. Big East Cup, whichwill be held at The Armoryin New York City.