Men's Track Wins Six Events to Take Third at Heps


HANOVER, N.H. - Led by sophomore Kyle Calvo's two Heptagonal titles, senior Courtney Jaworski’s win in the mile, sophomore Tim Kaijala’s win in the 1,000 and two first-place relay teams, the Penn men’s track team finished third at the 2006 Heptagonal Championships Sunday afternoon at Dartmouth's Leverone Field House.

Jaworski was named the 2006 Athlete of the Meet after his outstanding performances over the weekend. He was the Co-Athlete at the Heps last year.

Calvo won the heptathlon with 5,397 points, improvingupon his own school recordandoutscoring teammate and classmate Mike Hall (5,352 points) for his third career Heptagonal crown. Hall took second, and his score is an NCAA provisional qualifying mark.

Jaworski won the mile in a time of 4:04.34, setting an indoor Heptagonal record in the process. After his win, he came back to take second in the 800 with a time of 1:53.42. Two other Quakers scored in that event, Chris Howell and Bryan Scotland whofinished fifth and eighth, respectively. Penn’s other big winner on the day was Kaijala in the 1,000; he finished in 2:24.97.

Penn also won the 4x400 relay and 4x800 relays. Peter Cochran, Kevin Benjamin, Eric Ljungquist and Sam Shepherd made up the winning mile relay team,crossing the finish line in 3:16.31. The two-mile relay team was comprised of Howell, Scotland, Jaworski and Kaijala and won in a time of 7:34.23.

Freshmen Kevin Benjamin and Joey Brown also placed for the Red and Blue, in the 60-meter dash. Benjamin was fourth in 6.93 (the fifth-fastest time in Penn history) and Brown was eighth in 7.02. Another rookie, Shepherd, was fourth in the 400 with a time of 48.84, and Ljunquist was third in the 500 (1:04.79). Brian Goldberg and Breton Bonnette were seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 5,000. Michael Bale was sixth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.24. The distance medley relay team was seventh as well.

In the field events, Calvo was ninth in the high jump with a height of 1.96 meters (6-5) and freshman Anthony Abitante was fourth in the pole vault with a height of 4.90 meters(16-0 ¾). His jump is an IC4A qualifying mark and the 10th-best jump in program history.

Cornell finished the 2006 Heps with 122 points. Princeton was second with 102, followed by Penn (98) and Brown (88). Yale (66) finished ahead of Dartmouth (61) in sixth place. Harvard was seventh with 28 points and Columbia eighth with 24.

Several members of the Penn team will compete at the IC4A Championships in Boston, Mass. next weekend, while a few others will take part in the Notre Dame last chance meet in South Bend, Ind.