Strong Showing by Men's Track Helps Ivy League defeat Big East

NEW YORK, N.Y.- In the first-ever Ivy League vs. Big East Challenge, the Ancient Eightprevailed 192-190 at the Armory Friday night. The Quakers had two NCAA provisional qualifers and 15 IC4A qualifers on the night, including sophomore Kyle Calvo in the long jump.

Calvo won the event with a leap of 7.52 meters, which is an IC4A and NCAA provisional qualifying mark. It is also the fourth-best long jump in Penn history. Senior Courtney Jaworski won the mile with the second-best time in Penn program history and an IC4A and NCAA provisional qualifying time of 4:03.53.

Twelve other Quakers and the mile relay team qualified for the IC4A championships over the weekend, as well. In the 60-meter dash, freshman Kevin Benjamin finished third with a time of 6.95, which ties him for fifth all-time in Penn program history. Junior Grafton Ifill ran an IC4A-qualifying time of 6.96. Freshman Sam Shepherd finished sixth in the 400 with his qualifying time of 49.14, while fellow rookies Bryan Scotland (1:53.31) and Chris Howell (1:53.8) finished fifth and sixth in the 800, respectively.

In the 500, senior Eric Ljungquist took fourth with a time of 1:04.0, the fifth-fastest time in program history. Sophomores John Guzman and Tim Kajalia qualified in the 1,000 with time of 2:26.37 and 2:36.39, respectively. They placed third and fourth, while Guzman's time is eighth fastest in program history. In the 5,000, Ian Foley took second with the fourth-fastest time in program history (4:31.57). Michael Cassidy and Breton Bonnette finished in 14:41.25 and 14:47.14, respectively, to qualify. Sophomore Pete Habegger placed sixth in the long jump with a leap of 7.09 meters, and the 4x400 relay team of Pete Cochran, Benjamin, Ljungquist and Shepherd took second with a time of 3:16.01.

Other Quakers who placed in the event were Reid McEwen and Brian Trembley who finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 3,000. Freshman Anthony Abitante was third in the pole vault with a height of 4.65 meters,and sophomore Mike Hall was third in the high jump with a jump of 1.93 meters.

Penn teamed up with Princeton and Cornell to defeat Connecticut, Rutgers and Seton Hall.

The Red and Blue will return to action Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Yale Invitational in New Haven, Conn.