Track and Field Ready to Host Penn Challenge

PHILADELPHIA – For the second-straight weekend, the University of Pennsylvania track and field teams will compete in the friendly confines of University City. The Quakers will serve as hosts to Army West Point, UConn, Manhattan, Rider, and Villanova for the Penn Challenge on Saturday.

Throwing events are set for a 1 p.m. start, with running and other field events to begin at 3 p.m. at Franklin Field. Saturday’s meet will be broadcast live on both the Ivy League Digital Network and FloTrack.org.

The Quakers are coming off a strong home debut a week ago at the Philadelphia College Classic, highlighted by an All-World performance from senior All-American Sam Mattis. The 2015 NCAA discus champion registered the top mark in the world, tossing the discus 67.45 meters. Not only did this toss break a school and Ivy League record, it also surpassed his National-Championship mark of 62.48 by nearly five meters.

The 67.45 meters was also far enough to reach an IAAF Olympic ‘A’ Standard, and rank fourth all-time in NCAA history. It is also the farthest in NCAA history by a student-athlete born in the United States of America. To further put things in perspective, Mattis’ throw on Saturday would have placed fourth at the 2012 Olympics in London.

Other winners for Penn last Saturday included Patrick Hally (1,500m), Chris Hatler (3,000m), Nick Tuck (steeplechase), and Sean Ryan (hammer throw).

On the women’s side, it was five individual wins that paced the day.

Ella Wurth posted the top time in the 800 meters, clocking a time of 2:12.91. Marin Warner also impressed in her debut at Franklin Field, winning the 1,500. She crossed the finish line in 2:12.91.

Another freshman who snagged a crown on Saturday was Nicole Macco. Macco launched herself to mark of 3.5 meters in the pole vault. In the 3,000, it was Ashley Montgomery earning the title. The junior posted a top time of 9:32.25.

The Quakers’ final two wins came from Kelsey Hay and Nailah Hill. Hay tossed her way to the javelin triumph, registering a mark of 47.43 meters. Nailah Hill won the discus with a distance of 45.06 meters.

Full Schedule of Events (subject to change)

Field Events
1:00 PM M Discus (W Discus to follow)
1:00 PM W Javelin (M Javelin to follow)
3:30 PM M Hammer (W Hammer to follow)
3:30 PM W Shot (M Shot to follow)
1:00 PM W Pole Vault
3:00 PM W Long Jump (W Triple Jump to follow)
3:00 PM M Long Jump (M Triple Jump to follow)
3:00 PM M High Jump (W High Jump to follow)
3:30 PM M Pole Vault

Running Events(Women first and Men to follow)
3:00 PM M 3000m steeplechase (1 heat)
3:15 PM 4x100m relay (1 heat)
3:25 PM 1500m (3 heats W, 3 heats M)
4:10 PM 100/110m hurdles (2 heats)
4:30 PM 400m (2 heats W, 4 heats M)
4:50 PM 100m (3 heats W, 4 heats M)
5:10 PM 800m (3 heats W, 3 heats M)
5:30 PM 400m hurdles (2 heats W, 4 heats M)
5:50 PM 200m (5 heats)
6:20 PM 5000m (1 heat)
7:00 PM 4x400m relay (1 heat)

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