PHILADELPHIA - Just a few days removed from hosting 110,587 fans at the 121st Penn Relays, the University of Pennsylvania track and field teams have a weekend on the road before welcoming the Ivy League to Franklin Field as hosts of the 2015 Outdoor Heptagonal Championships. The final tune up before Heps is Friday and Saturday at Princeton.
Friday's field events begin with the hammer throw at 2 p.m., while distance night starts with the elite 800 meters at 7 p.m. Saturday begins at 1 p.m., with the 4x100-meter relays, and concludes with the 4x400 relays at 4:15 p.m.
Last year at this final regular season meet, the Quakers posted personal bests in several events. That includedSam Mattis, whoset a meet record in the men's discus and went over 60 meters for the third straight meet, and Kelsey Hay, who won the women's javelin.In the men's 800 meters,Drew Magahabecame one of just a select few in school history to break 1:50 in the event. His collegiate-best effort of 1:49.96 placed him third at the meet and finished just outside Penn's all-time top 10.
Penn is coming off several impressive performances at the world's oldest and largest relay carnival. For the 12th straight year, the Penn Relays brought in more than 100,000 fans. Junior Thomas Awad had the top mile split time in teh Men's 4xMile Championship of America, while the women posted the second-fastest time in school history in the 4x800 Championship of America.On Friday, Penn set several season bests, while on the first day of competition, the Quakers posted four all-time top 10 marks, including the fourth-best time in school history and a seventh-place finish in the Women's Distance Medley Relay Championship of America. And during the heptathlon on Wednesday, sophomoreNoel Jancewiczfinished as the runner-up with the third-highest score in program history (5,051).
Next week's Outdoor Heptagonal Championships are Saturday and Sunday at Penn's historic Franklin Field. Tickets are available on the day of the event. It is $10 for a single day or $16 for both days for adults, and $5/$8 for children under 12.
A full recap will be available at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of the meet.