Three Tracksters Gear Up for NCAA Championships

Philadelphia - Three track and field student-athletes will represent the University of Pennsylvania at the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships later this week in Sacramento, Calif. Senior Sam Crook, junior Courtney Jaworski and freshman Kyle Calvo will compete for the Red and Blue.

Crook is the first female pole vaulter from Penn to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Crook finished seventh at the NCAA East Regional, she earned an at-large bid after clearing 13’1” to win the ECAC Championships in May. This is the third-straight year a member of the women’s track team is making a trip to the outdoor national championships. Last year Emily Logan, C’04, competed in the 3,000m and in 2003, Julie Siebert-Johnson, C’03 competed in the javelin.

On the men’s side, Jaworki is making his second-straight trip to the outdoor nationals in the 800m race. Jaworski received an automatic bid after taking third in the event at the East Regional. He won his fourth Heptagonal title and second outdoors, when he crossed the finish line in a time of 1:49.75. This is the fifth-consecutive year a Quaker has competed in the 800m at the NCAA Championships. Sam Burley, C’03, represented the Red and Blue for three years (2001-03) at the national championships, earning All-American honors three-times and winning the event in 2003.

Calvo will compete in the long jump after taking second at the NCAA East Regional. Calvo’s jump of 7.61m(24'11.75") is the third best in Penn school history and was three inches farther than his previous top jump of the season. Calvo won the long jump at the 2005 Outdoor Heptagonal Championships with a leap of 24;8.5” and earned ECAC Field Athlete of the Week honors.

The NCAA Championships will be held June 8-11 at the Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex in Sacramento, Calif.

Written by Heather Palmer