Quakers Conclude Action at USATF Olympic Trials


EUGENE, Ore. – A trio of Penn Track & Field athletes wrapped up competition at the prestigious U.S. Olympic Trials on Friday afternoon amid difficult, rainy conditions.

Sam Mattis cruised into the men’s discus final after placing second in qualifying on Thursday with a top throw of 60.93 meters. Conditions would not be as favorable on Friday afternoon, and the leaders came out of the early goings of the competition. Mattis’ best attempt was his first which landed at 57.86 meters, placing him ninth overall.

Also in action on Friday was Thomas Awad in the men’s 1,500 meter semifinals. After grabbing an auto-qualifier spot by placing fifth in the first round (3:42.49), Awad advanced to the semis on Friday evening looking to secure a placement in the top-five of his heat. A slow flight wouldn’t help his cause and the Quaker harrier placed 23rd overall and 12th in his flight, crossing the line in 3:55.36.

Rounding out action for the Red and Blue at the Trials was women’s javelin specialist Kelsey Hay, also in action on Thursday for qualifying rounds. Hay placed 24th overall, throwing the implement 42.25 meters in the second of two flights.


Men's Discus (Finals): Sam Mattis (9th - 57.86m)

Men's Discus (Qualifying): Sam Mattis (2nd - 60.93m)

Men's 1,500 (Semifinals): Thomas Awad (23rd - 3:55.36)

Men's 1,500 (1st Round): Thomas Awad (8th - 3:42.49)

Women's Javelin (Qualifying): Kelsey Hay (24th - 42.25m)