Three Philadelphia college athletes competed in final events at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon. Penn sophomore Sam Mattis placed fifth in the Discus finals. The Red and Blue also placed senior Maalik Reynolds finished seventh in the high jump. The evening concluded with the Men’s 5000 Meter run. Villanova freshman Patrick Tiernan came in sixth in one of the most exciting races of the meet. All of the athletes in the finals gained All-America honors.
Sam Mattis, Penn – 60.33 Meters –
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Mattis advanced to the finals and a fifth place finish. He cleared the 60 meter mark for the seventh time this season with a toss of 60.33 meters (197-11′), which was his best effort. The throw came in the first flight where he finished in third place. After the second flight Mattis was in fourth position overall to advance to the final round. Champion Hayden Reed of Alabama won the event with a toss of 62.74 meters (205-10′).
Maalik Reynolds, Penn – 2.15 Meters – 7th Place
After passing at the first height Reynolds cleared the bar at 2.10 meters (6-10.75′). He was one of twelve athletes to advance to the next height of 2.15 meters (7-005′) which Reynolds cleared. However, the senior could not get over the bar at 2.2 meters (7-02.5′) and finished his collegiate career. Bryan McBride of Arizona State won the event on his last jump of 2.28 meters (7-5.75′).
Men’s 5000 Meter Run
Patrick Tiernan, Villanova – 13:31.25 – 6th Place
For most of the race Tiernan was in a pack just behind the lead group of four. Tiernan stalked the front, then made his move to get into fourth place. However, the Wildcat runner could not catch the leaders. Eventually, the winner Lawi Lelang of Arizona (13:18.36) and runner-up Edward Cheserek of Oregon (13:18.71) pulled away to an exciting finish. Cheserek made his move with 200 meters left to run, but Lelang got the lead back down the stretch and held on to win the championship. Tiernan finished in sixth place behind Trevor Dunbar and Eric Jenkins of Oregon and Mohammed Ahmed of Wisconsin.
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