Track & Field Crowns Two Heps Champions on Day 1

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PRINCETON – A new meet record, two individual champions, and four top-10 marks in Penn history highlighted the first day of action at the 2016 Track and Field Outdoor Heptagonal Championships held in Princeton, N.J. on Saturday, May 7th.

After the first day of competition at Weaver Stadium, the Penn men are currently in third place with 29 total points while the women sit in sixth place with five points. The men advanced four to Sunday’s finals while the Quaker women advanced five student-athletes past the first day of action. Additionally, the decathlon and heptathlon will conclude on Sunday featuring Luke Knouse and Noel Jancewicz for the Red and Blue, respectively.

Senior Sam Mattis continued his record breaking season by topping his own Heps meet record set just last year in the discus. His throw of 62.45 meters (204 feet, 11 inches) today earned him his fourth-straight conference individual championship as he continued to perform as one of the top NCAA individuals in the event. The Quakers didn’t stop there: junior Noah Kennedy-White placed second in the discipline right behind Mattis with a toss of 56.18 meters as the Quakers totaled 18 points between the duo for an outstanding showing.

Not to be outdone, senior Thomas Pitt earned his first Heps championship in the long jump following his jump of 7.29 meters to top the field for the day. Pitt bested his competitors by a foot as Brown’s Taylor Alarcon came in second place. With the victory, Pitt became the first Quaker to win the event since Kyle Calvo in 2005.

In the last event of the day, junior Brendan Shearn came in sixth place in the 10,000 meters to represent well for the Quakers. He crossed the finish line in 30:01.41 to earn a point for the Red and Blue as the team concluded the day with 29 total points.

On the women’s side, freshman Rachel Wilson and sophomore Emily Jiang combined for five points in the hammer and long jump, respectively. Wilson came in fourth with a throw of 50.61 meters and moved up to third all-time in the Penn record books with the effort while Jiang placed sixth in the long jump and tallied a point for the Red and Blue.

Junior Nailah Hill also competed in the hammer throw, finishing 11th overall with a throw of 45.52 meters and entered the Quaker record books with the toss as 10th all-time.

Impressive showings from Isabel Griffith and Abby Hong also highlighted the afternoon for the Quaker women as they concluded the day in the 10,000 meter run. Griffith placed 10th overall with a time of 35:47.66 and Hong crossed the finish line in 36:43.92 in 18th place as each earned top 10 marks in school history with their efforts. Griffith’s time places her fourth all-time while Hong comes in at 10th all-time in the Penn history books.

Championship Sunday qualifiers for the men include Ben Bowers (110mh), Jeff Wiseman (400m), Drew Magaha (800m), and Chris Hatler (1,500m) while the women will feature Taylor McCorkle (100m, 200m), Imani Solan (200m), Taylor Hennig (400m) and Ashley Montgomery (1,500m). At Heps, the top eight advance past the preliminaries and the top-six finishers score in the finals of each event on Sunday, when most event finals will take place.

Tomorrow’s action will kick off at 10 a.m. with the field events and decathlon while running events are set to get underway at noon. Team championship will be crowned at approximately 5:10 p.m. and the entire day of action can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN).

Tickets are available at the event and are priced at $10 for a single day and $5 for children under 12.

A full recap of the 2015 Outdoor Heptagonal Championships will be available at PennAthletics.com shortly after the completion of Sunday's events.

Men’s Team Scores – Day 1
1. Cornell – 45
2. Princeton – 43
3. Penn – 29
4. Dartmouth – 15
5. Brown – 8
6. Yale – 6
7. Columbia – 5
8. Harvard - 4

Penn Men’s Scored Results – Day 1
Long Jump: 1-Pitt (7.29m) – 10 pts
Discus: 1-Mattis (62.45m) – 10 pts;
2-Kennedy-White (56.18m) – 8pts
10,000m: 6-Shearn (30:01.41) – 1pts

Men Advancing to Finals
110mh: Bowers (14.34)
400m: Wiseman (48.24)
800m: Magaha (1:50.05)
1,500m: Hatler (3:47.68)
Decathlon: 8-Knouse (3,161 – after five events)

Women’s Team Scores – Day 1
1. Princeton – 48
2. Harvard – 37
3. Cornell – 28
4. Brown – 22
5. Dartmouth – 13
6. Penn – 5
7. Columbia – 2
8. Yale - 0

Penn Women’s Scored Results – Day 1
Hammer: 4-Wilson (50.61m) – 4 pts
Long Jump: 6-Jiang (5.51m) – 1 pts

Women Advancing to Finals
100m: McCorkle (11.82)
200m: McCorkle (24.32)
Solan (24.72)
400m: Hennig (57.12)
1,500m: Montgomery (4:23.53)
Heptathlon: 8-Jancewicz (2,895 – after four events)