Track & Field Hosts Outdoor Heps This Weekend

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PHILADELPHIA - Its Heps Week! Just two weeks removed from hosting more than 110,000 fans at the Penn Relays, the University of Pennsylvania and Franklin Field are set to welcome the Ivy League for the 2015 Outdoor Heptagonal Championships on Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are available on the days of the event. It is $10 for a single day or $16 for both days for adults, and $5/$8 for children under 12.

The meet begins at theIrving "Moon" Mondschein Throwing Complex with the women's hammer throw at 11 a.m. The multi events get underway at the same time at Franklin Field, while the first running event will go off at 1 p.m. The first day is set to conclude with the women's 10,000 meters at 5:30 p.m. Championship Sunday begins with the multi events at 10 a.m., the men's high jump at 11 a.m., and the women's steeplechase at noon. A team champion will be crowned at approximately 5:30 p.m.

Championship Sunday will also be broadcast live on the Ivy League Network.

At Heps, only the top-six finishers score in each event and Penn will be counting on points from a variety of its athletes. Entering this weekend's competition, Penn has a combined 37 marks ranking in the top six of the Ivy League.

Penn has a several favorites entering the meet. Junior Sam Mattis is fourth in the nation and tops in the Ivy League with his season-best toss of 61.80 meters (202 feet, 9 inches) in the men's discus. Meanwhile, freshman Mike Monroe is tops in the Ivies this year in the men's high jump with a clearance of 2.09 meters (6-10.25 ft.), while junior Tom Pitt has the league's third-best jump of the season at 2.06 meters (6-09 ft.) -- Penn's Maalik Reynolds won the event in three of the last four years.

On the track, another quartet of Quakers enter the meet as the top seed. Junior Tom Awad boasts the top time in the 1,500 meters and the 5,000 meters. Sophomore Nick Tuck and junior Brendan Smith rank first and second, respectively, in the steeplechase, while senior Tom Timmins has the fastest time in the Ivies in the 400-meter hurdles this season (51.74). Also entering the meet, freshman Abby Hong owns the top time in the women's 3,000 meters (9:45.48).

In addition, junior Kelsey Hay ranks second in the Ivies in the women's javelin entering this weekend, and freshman Jeff Wiseman is ranked No. 2 in the men's 400 meters.

At the 2014 Outdoor Heptagaonal Championships, the Quakers won five indvidual titles andthe men finished in fourth with 82 points -- that was an impressive jump from a seventh-place finish at the same meet a year earlier.The women were seventh overall with 46.5 points, two school records and a Heps champion -- they also garnered 30 of those points from freshmen and sophomores.

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


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