Fast times and high marks made for an exciting two days of track and field for the University of Pennsylvania at the Texas Relays, Florida Relays and Stanford Invitational in meets across the nation.
Six student-athletes recorded personal records and four put themselves in the top-5 all-time in school history in their respective events. Headlining the efforts were Nick Tuck (steeplechase), Brendan Shearn (10,000), Calvary Rogers (200) and Mike Monroe (high jump).
At the Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla., Rogers blazed in the 200 meter sprint to become the third fastest all-time in the Quaker record books as he finished 11th in his heat with a mark of 20.95. Rogers set the tone for the day as Chris Hatler and Jeff Wiseman followed suit and also notched career best marks in the 800, checking in at 1:50.80 and 1:51.65 respectively in the discipline.
The runners were joined by Sean Ryan, Thomas Pitt and Mike Monroe at the meet in field events as they competed in the hammer, long jump and high jump. Monroe placed fourth in the high jump with a personal best of 2.15 meters to earn the third-best jump in school history.
Junior Nick Tuck impressed in Palo Alto at the Stanford Invitational by setting the second-best time in school history in the steeplechase. Clocking a time of 8:44.88, the junior placed 11th overall and also set a personal best in the effort. Rounding out the evening with a late night on the oval was Brendan Shearn whose time of 29:28.83 was good for third in school history.
Senior distance specialist Thomas Awad continued his impressive collegiate streak with a top NCAA mark in the 5,000 meters finishing in 13:41.77. Awad and Paul Chelimo, who was fresh off a world indoor debut just weeks ago, broke from the pack early and formed a 1-2 punch as Awad drafted from Chelimo’s lead in the initial minutes. Following erratic pacing that made it hard to find a consistent rhythm, Awad was edged out of the win to finish fourth in the heat but nonetheless stamped an impressive time against a field that included several post-collegiate runners.
In field action at the Texas Relays, Sam Mattis and Noah Kennedy-White faced unseasonably low temperatures and multiple delays due to inclement weather at Michael A Myers Stadium. Despite the conditions, the duo fought and claimed 10th and 12th place in the discus on Friday afternoon.
The Quakers will return to action next week at the Virginia Quad meet and Lou Onesty Invitational in Charlottesville, Va. on Friday, April 8th and Saturday, April 9th.
Download: Texas Relays Results.pdf