PHILADELPHIA - Four members of the University of Pennsylvania track and field teams will head to Eugene, Ore., to compete at the USA Championships and USA Junior Championships, June 25-28. Junior captain and 2015 national champion Sam Mattis, junior captain Thomas Awad, and freshmen Ross Wilson and Kylene Cochrane will represent the Quakers.
Wilson and Cochrane will compete as part of the USA Junior Championships with Cochrane the first to take the track for the Quakers. She runs in the first round of the 1,500 meters at 5:35 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, and if she advances, she will race in the finals on Saturday at 7:58 p.m. (EST). She will also have the opportunity to run in the 3,000 meters at 8:46 p.m. (EST) on Saturday.
Also on the first day, Mattis will compete for a spot on Team USA in the discus at 9 p.m. (EST) on Thursday. Wilson runs in the steeplechase at 8:17 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, and Awad is slated to race in the 5,000 meters at 4:27 p.m. (EST) on Sunday.
Mattis and Awad posted two of the most historic seasons in school history. Mattis became Penn's seventh national champion and earned the school's eighth national title overall with a school record toss of 62.48 meters (205 feet, 0 inches) in the discus. Awad was Penn's first individual Heps cross country champion since 1975 and also won a pair of Heps titles at the Indoor and Outdoor league championships en route to Most Outstanding Track Performer honors at both meets.
Cochrane competed in five cross country meets and almost exclusively in the 1,500 and 3,000 meters at eight outdoor meets in her rookie season for the Quakers. Wilson posted the 10th-best time in the steeplechase in Penn history during his first year in the Red and Blue with a time of8:59.83 at the Outdoor ECAC Championships.
A full recap from the USA Championships and USA Junior Championships will be available at the conclusion of each meet.