PHILADELPHIA - Seven members of the University of Pennsylvania track and field teams hauled in a total of nine All-Ivy awards on Tuesday, including five first-team honorees after an impressive showing at the 2015 Outdoor Heptagonal Championships.
JuniorsThomas Awadwon two first-team All-Ivy accolades, while juniorSam Mattis, junior Kelsey Hay, and sophomore Nick Tuck also earned first-team All-Ivy honors. Sophomore Noel Jancewicz won a pair of second-team All-Ivy awards, and teammates Tom Pitt and Tom Timmins garnered second-team selections as well.
Awad, who was named the meet's Men's Most Outstanding Performer, earned a pair of first-team All-Ivy accolades. He also took home two during the indoor season and now has five career first-team All-Ivy awards.Awad became the second man in school history to win cross country, indoor and outdoor Heps titles in the same year (Robert Childs, 1972) when he took home first place in the 1,500 meters and the 5,000 meters on Sunday.
At Penn's state-of-the-art Moon Throwing Complex, Mattis and Hayeach earned first-team All-Ivy with Heps titles in the men's discus and women's javelin, respectively.
Mattis garnered his third career first-team honor after he became the first in Heps history to surpass 200 feet in the discus. It marked the third straight year he won the Heptagonal title in the event with a meet record. He is the first Penn athlete to win three straight Heps championships in the discus since Ken Dietz in 1969-71.
Haybecame the second Penn woman to win back-to-back Heps championships in the javelinand the first since Robyn Fortsch in 1986-87. This is her second first-team All-Ivy honor and the third of her career.
Tuck earned his first career All-Ivy distinction with a win in the steeplechase. He did so in impressive fashion as went wire-to-wire and held a comfortable lead throughout. He crossed the Franklin Field finish line in 8:46.63 -- the third-fastest time in school history.
Jancewicz took home her first two All-Ivy awards with a pair of runner-up finishes. She set the school record in the heptathlon with 5,208 points and then matched the third-best high jump in school history with a clearance of 1.73 meteres (5-08 ft.).
Pitt and Timmins also finished second at Sunday's Heptagonal Championships to claim their All-Ivy honors. Pitt was the runner-up in the high jump while Timminswas edged at the finish line of the 400-meter hurdles by seven-hundreths of a second and finished with the fifth-fastest time in school history at 51.18.
On Sunday afternoon, the Quakers earned their best outdoor team finishes under third-year Director of Cross Country/Track & FieldSteve Dolan. The men earned their highest finish (third) and point total (89) since 2006, while the women posted their best finish (fifth) since 2012.
The top Ivy League performers in each individual event and the top team in each relay event earn selection to the All-Ivy League indoor track and field first team. The second Ivy finishers earn second-team honors. Penn also combined for nine All-Ivy honors during the indoor season with seven first-teamers.
The postseason continues for several Quakers with the ECAC/IC4A Championships this weekend at Princeton and then into the NCAA Championships.