Three Men's Tracksters Qualify for NCAA Regionals


Princeton, N.J. – The University of Pennsylvania men’s track team won six events and qualified three athletes to the NCAA Regional Championships in a quad meet against Princeton, Rutgers and Villanova on Saturday afternoon at William Weaver Stadium. Sophomore Grafton Ifill won both the 100m and 200m for the Quakers and ran a leg of the second-place 4x100m relay team.

Ifill ran the fastest time by a Quaker since 1984 when he clocked in at 10.42 in the 100m and qualified for the NCAA Regionals in the event. Ifill’s time is the fourth fastest in Penn history. Ifill’s winning time in the 200m of 21.31 is the seventh fastest in program history.

Junior Courtney Jaworski won the 800m in an NCAA qualifying time of 1:49.42. Penn’s other Regional qualifier was junior Jim Malizia in the javelin with a toss of 203’10”. Other first-place winners were Stephen Hayes in the 1500m run with a time of 3:50.19, Nolan Tully in the 5,000m with a time of 14:49.18.

Freshman Tim Kaijala took second in the 800m run, crossing the finish line in 1:52.81, while classmate Alejandro placed second in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 9:32.48. Rookie Kyle Calvo cleared a height of 6’6.50” to take second in the high jump, while senior Nameir Majette placed third with the same height. In the pole vault, Neal Wodjowski cleared a height of 15’9” to place second, while teammate Jesse Shoemaker placed fifth with a height of 13’11.25”. In the 400m, Eric Lungquist placed fourth with a time of 50.28, while teammate Ryan Flemming finished fifth in 50.39. Tully took fifth in the 1500m in a time of 4:00.46. Penn grabbed third thru fifth in the 5,000m with Ian Foley, Mike LaQuaglia and Breton Bonnette finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Michael Bale placed fifth in the 400m hurdles in a time of 57.72. Peter Cochran and Brent James placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the long jump with jumps of 22’7” and 22’5”, respectively. In the discus, Michael Sangobowale finished fourth with a heave of 138’1” and Thomas Zylkin placed fifth in the hammer with a toss of 159’1”.

The quartet of Michael Provenzano, Ifill, Lawrence Gibson and Tony Archibong combined to finish second in the 4x100m relay, crossing the finish line in 42.03. In the 4x400m relay, the foursome of Cody Schovitz, Jaworski, Lungquist and Cochran placed second in a time of 3:18.57.

The Red and Blue travel to the Widener Invitational on April 23 before returning to Franklin Field for the Penn Relays on April 28, 29 and 30.

Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications