Three Quakers Set for USATF Olympic Track & Field Trials

The top three finishers in each event will qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

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Philadelphia, Pa. – The 2016 Olympic games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil are less than two months away, and three University of Pennsylvania track and field representatives are set to compete at the USA Track and Field (USATF) Olympic Trials July 1-10 in an attempt to qualify for the world's top event. The top three finishers in each event will earn a spot in Rio.

The Red and Blue will be represented at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. by three student-athletes who recently graduated as part of the Class of 2016: Kelsey Hay (javelin), Sam Mattis, (discus), and Thomas Awad (1,500m). The meet will be broadcast on the NBC family of networks.

By the Numbers
27: The number of Summer Olympic Games Penn athletes have been a part of. The Quakers have been represented at every summer edition of the Games in the modern era ranging across several sports.

33: Penn Track and Field has accounted for 33 medals at the Olympic Games in program history. That list includes 16 gold, 11 silver and six bronze medals.

56: The number of track and field participants affiliated with Penn at the Olympic Games in university and program history.

3: Three recent grads of Penn track and field will compete for a spot on Team USA in 2016: Kelsey Hay (javelin), Sam Mattis (discus) and Thomas Awad (1,500m).

Against the Trials Standard

Event
Name
Mark
Trials Standard
Javelin
Kelsey Hay
51.17m
54.00m
Discus
Sam Mattis
67.45m
62.00m
1,500m
Thomas Awad
3:37.75
3:38.00


When to Tune In

Date
Event
Round
Time (ET)
Thursday, July 7
Javelin
Qualifying
6:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 7
Discus
Qualifying
9:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 7
1,500m
1st Round
10:21 p.m.
Friday, July 8
Discus
Final
6:30 p.m.
Friday, July 8
1,500m
Semifinal
7:12 p.m.
Saturday, July 9
Javelin
Final
7:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 10
1,500m
Final
8:20 p.m.

The meet will be broadcast on NBC and NBC Sports. To view the full TV schedule, click here.


Toe the Line
Awad enters the Olympic trials as the 16th seed in the 1,500 meters. Most recently, Awad competed at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 5,000 meters where he wrapped up his career with a 22nd place finish in the event. He is the school record holder in the outdoor 5,000, indoor mile, and indoor 3,000 and was just the second Penn athlete to break four minutes in the mile.

In the Field
Kelsey Hay represents the Penn Track and Field women with her qualification to the Trails. Hay concluded her collegiate career as a three-time Heps champion in the javelin and holds the Ivy League record in the event at 51.17m (167-10 ft.). Additionally, she was a two-time team captain and four-time NCAA Outdoor qualifier.

Terrific Throws
As the number one seed in the field of competitors, Sam Mattis enters the trials with a top discus throw of 67.45 meters set at the Philadelphia College Classic earlier this spring. He was the 2015 NCAA National Championship and earned second place at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships just a few weeks ago. Additionally, Mattis was a four-time Ivy League champion in the event and was a four-time First-Team All-Ivy honoree.  

What's Next?
Athletes that finish in the top three of their respective events will qualify to represent the United States at the 2016 Olympics in August. Additionally, Awad has been selected to compete for the United States at the NACAC U23 Championships, held July 15-17 in El Salvador.