Track & Field Gains Momentum Heading into Heps

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PHILADELPHIA/PRINCETON, N.J. - A plethora of victories on Saturday at Haverford gave the University of Pennsylvania men's and women's track and field teams some momentum heading into the league championships next weekend.

Wyatt David won his first collegiate individual race at Haverford. And then won his second career individual race a short while later. He earned the victory in the 60 meters with a finish of 7.17 and then topped the field in the 200 meters with a time of 23.24.

Penn also impressed in the men's pole vault where freshman Mike Benz and junior John Li each cleared 4.50 meters (14 feet, 9 inches) to best the field.

Junior Harrison Scharf was tops in the men's 400 meters. He was first in his heat by more than a second and beat out a field of 11 sprinters with his time of 51.93.

The Quakers paced themselves in the men's mile as Penn placed 1-2-3-4. Junior Clark Shurtleff was the first to cross the finish at 4:12.34, followed closely by Chris Hatler, Kirk Webb and Lyle Wistar, respectively.

Freshman Lily Huntsman beat out a field of 34 in the women's 800 meters. She won the meet with a time of 2:21.21.

Penn was also victorious in the men's hurdles where junior Ben Bowers posted a winning time of 8.51.

The Quakers earned wins in both long jumps. On the men's side, senior Semi Ibikunle won with a leap of 6.52 meters (21-04.75 ft.), while sophomore Amanda Field claimed the women's title with a jump of 5.46 meters (17-11 ft.).

Also in the field, freshman Devinne Miller won the women's triple jump. Her best leap of the day measured 11.18 meters (36-08.25 ft.).

Now the attention turns to next weekend, where the eight Ivy League schools converge on Harvard's campus for the 2015 Heptagonal Indoor Championships, Feb. 28-March 1.