Track & Field Finished With Last Prep for Heps

PHILADELPHIA/PRINCETON, N.J. -Many members of the University of Pennsylvania men's and women's track and field teams, rested with the Heptagonal Championships on the horizon, but several Quakers competed at Haverford and Princeton on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

At Princeton, senior Jake Brenza and sophomore teammate Sam Mattiscombined for the second and third-best throws in school history. Brenza was the runner up in the event when his best toss landed at 16.84 meters (55 feet, 3 inches). That's the second-best throw in school history and the top toss for any Quaker in the event since 1981 - when Ed Bogdanovich set the school standard at 17.67 meters. Meanwhile, Mattis was fourth and finished with a top throw of 16.71 meters (54-10 ft.). That matched the second-best toss in school history before Brenza topped the mark. Both Quakers passed Ed Markowski, who held the school record for 10 years and was second to Bogdanovich for the past 33 years.

On Saturday at Haverford, the Quakers claimed the top two spots in the women's 400 meters. Senior Stephanie Green won the event wit ha time of 1:00.73. She just edged out her junior teammate Shakele Seaton, who finished at 1:00.81 in the same heat.

The Quakers posted two more victories in the field. Sophomore Gillian Berger was tops in the women's long jump with a leap of 5.35 meters (17-06.75 ft.) and freshman Cora Butler won the triple jump at 11.09 meters (36-04.75 ft.).

Also for the women, junior Heather Bong was the runner up in the women's 60 meters with a finish of 7.82 and sophomore Shannon McCarthy was third in the mile at 5:12.22.

For the men, junior Victor Allen was fourth in the mile at 4:22.42, sophomore John Li was third in the pole vault at 4.26 meters (13-11.75 ft.) and junior Jordan Jett was fifth in the triple jump at 12.90 meters (42-04 ft.).

The 2014 Indoor Heptagonal Championships are set for Saturday and Sunday in Hanover, N.H.