PHILADELPHIA - Its Heps Week! Just a few days removed from hosting more than 100,000 fans at the Penn Relays, the University of Pennsylvania is set to participate in the 2016 Outdoor Heptagonal Championships on Saturday and Sunday, hosted by Princeton University at Weaver Stadium.
Tickets are available on the days of the event. It is $10 for a single day or $16 for both days for adults, and $5/$8 for children under 12.
The meet begins at thethrowing area on Saturday with the men’s hammer throw at 10 a.m. The multi events get underway shortly thereafter at 11 a.m., while the first running event will go off at 1 p.m. The first day is set to conclude with the men’s 10,000 meters at 6 p.m. Championship Sunday begins with the multi events and men’s javelin at 10 a.m. and the men’s steeplechase at noon. A team champion will be crowned at approximately 5:10 p.m.
Championship Sunday will also be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
At Heps, only the top-six finishers score in each event and Penn will be counting on points from a variety of its athletes. Entering this weekend's competition, Penn has a combined 33 marks ranking in the top six of the Ivy League.
Penn has a several favorites entering the meet. Senior Sam Mattis is first in the nation and Ivy League with his season-best toss of 67.45 meters (221 feet, 3 inches) in the men's discus, and he’ll be looking for his fourth-straight Heps Championship in the event. Meanwhile, the women’s javelin duo of senior Kelsey Hay and junior Lisa Sesink-Clee are tops in the Ivies with the two best marks of the season. Hay’s toss of 47.27 meters (156 feet, 7 inches) and Sesink-Clee’s mark of 45.83 meters (150 feet, 4 inches) rank them 1-2 in the event for the championships.
On the track, a trio of Quakers enter the meet as the top seed. Senior Thomas Awad boasts the top time in the 5,000 meters (13:41.77) while freshman Calvary Rogers is first in the Ivies in the 200 meter sprint (20.95). Junior Nick Tuck also ranks first in the steeplechase (8:44.88).
In addition, junior Ashley Montgomery ranks second (16:08.64) in the Ivies in the 5,000 meters and classmate Cleo Whiting is right behind her in third place (16:14.35). On the men’s side, junior Brendan Shearn is second in the 10,000 meters (29:28.83).
At the 2015 Outdoor Heptagaonal Championships, the Quakers won four individual titles andthe men finished in third with 89 points -- the program's best finish since 2009 and highest point total since 2006.The women were fifth overall with 72 points, two school records and a Heps champion.
A full Penn recap will be available at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of each day's events.