Track & Field Heads to Heps

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PHILADELPHIA - Most of the indoor season has led up to this weekend where the University of Pennsylvania men's and women's track and field teams are set to compete at the Heptagonal Championships on Saturday and Sunday inside Dartmouth's Leverone Field House.

One of the nation's premiere conference championship meets, the 2014 Indoor Heptagonal Championships are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. with the men's long jump, shot put and pole vault. The track events begin at noon with the trials of the 60-meter hurdles. The first day of competition will wrap up at 6 p.m.Championship Sunday begins with the men's triple jump and women's high jump at 11 a.m., and the track events start with the mile at noon.

At Heps, the top eight advance past the preliminaries and the top-six finishers will score in the finals of each event on Sunday. Most event finals will take place on Sunday.

In the sprints, Lydia Ali and Heather Bong each rank among the top 10 in the Ivy League in several events on the women's side, while the men will feature sophomores Ben Bowers and Timothy Hamlett. Bowers and senior Gabrielle Piper each rank among the top five in the league in the 60-meter hurdles.

Among potential scorers in the longer races are seniorMato Bekelja, who has posted the Ivy League's sixth-best time in the men's 800 meters this season and sophomore Tom Awad, who is second all-time at Penn in the indoor 3,000 meters.

Senior Maalik Reynolds highlights the field events for the Quakers. The two-time indoor heptagonal champion will look to retake his spot atop the men's high jump podium after a second-place finish last season. In the women's high jump, Noel Jancewicz is hoping to score in her first Heptagonal meet.

Also in the field, sophomore Gillian Berger ranks fourth in the Ancient Eight in the women's long jump, while a pair of men - senior Jake Brenza and sophomore Sam Mattis - will try to add some points in the throws.

A full recap will be available at shortly after the conclusion of each day's events.