Philadelphia - University of Pennsylvania sophomore Grafton Ifill (Nassau,Bahamas)earned ECAC Male Co-Track Athlete of the Week honors (Week ending May 8) for his outstanding performance at the 2005 Heptagonal Championships. Freshman Kyle Calvo (Somerville, N.J.) was also honored by the ECAC as the Male Co-Field Athlete of the Week.
Ifill won the 100m and 200m dashes and ran a leg of the fourth-place 4x100m relay team at the 2005 Heptagonal Championships to lead Penn to a second-place finish en route to earning Athlete of the Meet honors. Ifill set a new school record in the 200m and qualified for the NCAA East Regional with a time of 20.90. Ifill is the first Penn sprinter since Chris Harper in 1994 to win both the 100m and 200m titles at the Outdoor Heps. Ifill’s time of 10.40 is the fourth-fastest Outdoor Heps time ever. His 200m win in 20.90 was the fastest non-wind aided time at Outdoor Heps since Princeton's Steve Morgan ran a 20.72 in 1987. Ifill's 200m time is also the third fastest Outdoor Heps time ever. This is Ifill’s second ECAC Athlete of the Week honor for the outdoor season.
Calvo won the long jump at his first Outdoor Heps with a distance of 24'8.5". His jump is the third-best in school history and was an NCAA Regional qualifying mark. The rookie also competed in the decathlon, taking third with 6,663 points - which was 10th best performance in school history.
The Quakers are back in action this weekend at the IC4A Championships in Princeton, N.J. The meet begins on May 13 and will conclude on May 15.
Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications