PHILADELPHIA - A pair of Penn tracksters, sophomore Kyle Calvo and senior Courtney Jaworski, are among the best in the nation in their respective events.
The two provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships with their performances at the Armory last weekend. For his efforts, Calvo was named ECAC Male Field Athlete of the Week.
Calvo earned the distinction by winning the long jump at the Ivy League vs. Big East Cup on Jan. 27. His jump of 7.52 metersis the fourth-best jump in Penn program history and the 16th best by a college athlete this season. He is also 13th in the nation in the heptathlon with an NCAA provisional score of5,266 points, whichhetallied last month to setthe Penn record.
Calvo competed at the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the long jump as a freshman; he finished 13th in the preliminaries, just missing the finals by three-quarters of an inch.
Jaworski, meanwhile,won the mile with the second-best time in Penn program history and an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 4:03.53. His mark is the 13th fastest by a college athlete this season and just 1.5 seconds off the Penn record heldby Denis Fikes (1973).Jaworski is a two-time NCAA qualifier outdoors and an All-America in the 800.
The men's track team will compete Feb. 4 at the Yale Invitational in New Haven, Conn. The following week, the Quakers head to Penn State for the Sykes-Sabock Cup to prepare for Heptagonal Championships, which this year will take place at Dartmouth CollegeonFeb. 27-28.