PHILADELPHIA - Eight members of the University of Pennsylvania track and field teams hauled in All-Ivy awards on Tuesday, including four first team honorees and four second team selections after an impressive showing at the 2016 Outdoor Heptagonal Championships.
First team All-Ivy accolades went to seniors Sam Mattis, Kelsey Hay, Thomas Pitt and junior Nick Tuck while second team All-Ivy laurels were earned by seniors Ben Bowers and Brendan Smith, junior Noah Kennedy-White and sophomore Mike Monroe. The trio of Mattis, Hay and Tuck were repeat first team All-Ivy honorees for the Red and Blue.
Mattis earned his fourth-straight Heps title and set a new meet record with his throw of 62.45 meters in the discus. With the win, he became the first four-time champion in the event in league history. The Quakers also had the help of junior Noah Kennedy-White in the event as the duo finished 1-2 for a combined 18 points in the discus. Kennedy-White’s toss of 56.18 meters earned him his first conference laurels of his career.
Hay became the first woman to win three consecutive Heps championships in the javelin and the first to win three titles in a collegiate career since Yale’s Loriane Murphy in 1982. This is her third first-team All-Ivy honor with her performance as the Quakers put three in the top-6 of the event over the weekend.
Tuck earned his second career first team All-Ivy distinction with a win in the steeplechase. He did so in impressive fashion alongside second-team All-Ivy honoree Brendan Smith as the Red and Blue finished first and second in the event. The duo broke away from the pack with three laps to go and sprinted home in the final 400 meters to dominate the field. Smith came away with a personal record in the race and claimed the No. 5 spot in the Penn record books with the time.
Rounding out Penn’s first team selections was senior Thomas Pitt in the long jump. His mark of 7.29 meters placed him a foot ahead of second place to solidify with the victory. With the win, Pitt became the first Quaker to win the event since Kyle Calvo in 2005.
Ben Bowers and Mike Monroe rounded out the Penn all-conference selections in the 110 meter hurdles and high jump. Bowers earned second place in the 110 meter hurdles as he crossed the finish line in 14.24 seconds while Monroe was a runner-up in the high jump with a mark of 2.11 meters.
On Sunday afternoon, the Quaker men repeated as third-place finishers (79 points) for the second-straight year while the women were seventh (47 points) in the team standings.
The top Ivy League performers in each individual event and the top team in each relay event earn selection to the All-Ivy League indoor track and field first team. The second Ivy finishers earn second-team honors.
The postseason continues for several Quakers with the ECAC/IC4A Championships this weekend at Princeton and then into the NCAA Championships.
Penn First Team All-Ivy
Nick Tuck: Steeplechase
Sam Mattis: Discus
Thomas Pitt: Long Jump
Kelsey Hay: Javelin
Penn Second Team All-Ivy
Ben Bowers: 110 meter hurdles
Brendan Smith: Steeplechase
Mike Monroe: High Jump
Noah Kennedy-White: Discus