PRINCETON, N.J. - Several members of the University of Pennsylvania track and field team posted personal bests as the Quakers wrapped up the regular season at Princeton's Elite Meet on Friday and Saturday.
Senior Jake Brenza set a personal best in the shot put and improved upon his third-place standing in the Penn record book. Brenza finished second among collegians and third overall with his toss of 17.28 meters (56 feet, 8 1/2 inches). He is one of just four Quakers to surpass 56 feet in the event and the only Penn man to do so since 1981.
Sophomore Sam Mattis set a meet record and went over 60 meters for the third straight meet and the fourth meet this year. He is the only Quaker to ever surpass that distance. On Saturday, his best toss landed at 60.14 meters (197-04 ft.).
In the 800 meters, sophomore Drew Magaha became 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.
For the fourth time this season, sophomore Kelsey Hay won the javelin. She claimed the victory with a toss of 43.35 meters (142-03 ft.) - which was eight feet better than the rest of the competition.
Also for the women, Carey Celata was fourth in the 800 meters at 2:13.71.Cydney Gillon was fourth in the 100-meter hurdles with a preliminary time of 14.97 and a finish of 15.09 in the finals. In the triple jump, Jenny Thompson finished as the runner-up with a leap of 11.65 meters (32-08.75 ft.).
For the men, Kyle Webster added a third-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles with a qualifying time of 15.09 and a finish of 14.96 in the finals.
The meet caps the regular season for the Quakers, who will head to the 2014 Outdoor Heptagonal Championships in New Haven, Conn., May 10-11.