Ten athletes from Philly Division I schools will participate in the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, OR taking place June 11 – 15. Villanova will send two women track athletes and four men to lead the Philadelphia contingent. The University of Pennsylvania will have three participants competing in field events. La Salle will send an athlete to compete in track.
Emily Lipari – 1500 Meters –
Lipari will compete in her second straight national championship meet. She recorded a meet record and personal best time of 4:14.64 in the NCAA East Regional meet.
Angel Piccirillo – 1500 Meters –
Piccirillo will be the second Wildcat runner in the event. It marks the first time she will run in the national championship meet. Piccirillo got to Eugene running a 4:15.11 in the East Preliminaries.
Samuel Ellison – 800 Meters –
Ellison qualified in the 800 Meter run for the third straight year. He recorded a personal best time of :47.64 in the East preliminary round.
Elbert Maxwell – Long Jump –
Maxwell turned in a career-high jump of 7.52 meters in the East preliminary to earn his first trip to the national championship meet.
Patrick Tiernan 5000 Meters –
Tiernan will also make his debut in the national outdoor meet. He turned in a time of 14:14.57 in the East preliminaries. Tiernan recorded a personal best time of 13:56.01 in the Big East Championships.
Jordy Williamsz – 1500 Meters –
Williamsz qualified for the championship meet for the first time. His qualification time was 3:45.90.
Kelsey Hay – Javelin –
The Heptagonal champion qualified for the nationals with a throw of 48.89 meters in the East Regional meet.
Sam Mattis – Discus –
Mattis broke the school record with a toss of 62.13 meters in the East preliminaries. It came on his first throw. Mattis became the only Penn athlete to surpass 60 meters in this event.
Maalik Reynolds – High Jump –
Reynolds has reached the NCAA Finals in each of his four seasons at Penn. He qualified with a jump of 2.17 meters in the East Preliminaries.
Alfredo Santana – 1500 Meters
Santana became the first Explorer to reach the NCAA Final Round in Track since 2008 (Sean Quigley completed in distance running events that year). Santana qualified with a third place finish in the East Preliminaries with a time of 3:45.65.
Follow PhillyCollegeSports.com for results by these athletes in the national championship meet.
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