Men's Track Takes Second at Navy Invite

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Tim Kaijala (one mile run), Kyle Calvo (55m hurdles) and Anthony Abitante (pole vault) scoredfirst-place finishes in their events and led the Penn men's track team to a second-place finish at the Navy Invite in Annapolis, Md., Saturday.

The Quakers scored 151 points, behind host Navy (201)but ahead of Viginia Commonwealth (141) and American (57).

Kaijala finished nearly three seconds ahead of his closest competition in the one-mile run with a time of 4:09.79. He earned nine team points in the race. Freshman Graham Snow (4:31.23) earned a 10th place finish good for one team point.

In the 55-meter hurdles, Calvo and Max Westman won their heats and finished first and second in the final. Calvo ran a time of 7.90 seconds, with Westman right on his heelsin 7.92. The pair earned 16 team points in the event.

Anthony Abitante cleared the highest mark (4.80m) in the pole vault and gave the Quakers nine points. Mike Hall earned five points, clearing 4.20m.

In other field events, John Carelli took second place and seven points for his 7.01m long jump and fifth place (four points) marking 1.86m in the high jump. Carelli lost a jump-off with VCU’s Davon Smith who took fourth. He also earned seven points and a second-place finish in the triple jump (13.90m).

Andrew McMillan and Brian Brazinski scored in third and fourth place, earning five and six team points, respectively. McMillan threw for 15.36m while Brazinski measured at 13.72m. Brazinski also scored six points in the weight throw. He tossed a 13.22m, good for fourth place.

In the relays, Penn’s 4x400m team scored seven points with a time of 3:28.34. The Quakers’ 4x800m team also scored seven points and clocked a time of 8:01.87.

On the track, Kevin Benjamin and Joey Brown scored seven and four points with times of 6.53 and 6.65 in the 55 meter dash, respectively.

Jason Ellis and Mike Bale scored for the Quakers in the 200 meter dash. Ellis brought in four points with a time of 23.62. Hot on his trail was Bale in a time of 23.65 and three points.

David Lint and Andrew Anderson ran the 400 meter dash finishing in third and eighth places, respectively. Lint’s time of 50.57 seconds earned the team six points. Anderson’s 52.24 time gave the Quakers three points.

The 500 meter dash featured Sam Shepherd in second place (seven points) clocking a time of 1:07.09. Ian MacNeil also scored in sixth place (1:09.14) with five points.

Competing in the longer distances, John Guzman (1:57.82) and Chris Howell (2.00.82) finished in fourth and fifth place in the 800 meter run and were awarded five and four points, respectively.

Brian Scotland ran a 2:31.30 (fourth place) in the 1000 meter run while Brian Lang marked a 2:35.06 (fifth place). They gave the Quakers nine points combined.

Finally, in the 3000 meter run, Larry Contrell and Brian Cullin together scored five points for the Red and Blue. Contrella ran a 8:53.96 while Cullin was not far behind in a time of 8:56.58.

The Quakers continue the indoor season Saturday, Jan. 20at the Penn State Invitational.