STATE COLLEGE, Pa. –
Against some of the nation's most competitive track and field athletes, Temple's men's squad put up its most impressive performances of the indoor season at the Penn State National Invitational on Saturday.
“This was a great meet for us,” head coach Eric Mobley said. “Everyone stepped up to their highest level and this was one of the best showings we have had, especially at this particular meet where there are so many good athletes. This meet showed us how good we can be when we practice hard. After a disappointing meet last weekend, the guys really bounced back and stepped up this week.
On the day, several Owls qualified for the IC4A Championship with their times and marks in their respective events.
Senior Damian Myers
took a sixth place finish in the 400 meter hurdles with a personal record time of 49.17 to meet IC4A qualifying standards before helping sophomore Lionel Wilson
, juniors Carlton Stafford
and Gabe Pickett
to a season-best time in the 4x400 meter relay with an IC4A qualifying time of 3:18.23.
Taking part in the one mile run, sophomore Cullen Davis
came away with the fifth-best time in the event. Clocking in at 4:12.02, Davis set a new personal best time for himself in the one mile run and also hit the IC4A mark, while freshman Alex Izewski
finished the 3000 meter run in a season-best and IC4A time of 8:35.50 for eighth place overall.
In field events, junior Gabe Pickett
landed a mark of 14.86m in the triple jump, setting him up for a seventh best landing and an IC4A mark.
Sophomore Darryl McDuffie
joined Pickett with IC4A qualifications, as he placed fifth in the high jump with his mark of 2.09m, which also gave him a new indoor season personal record.
Sophomore Matt Kacyon
ran the 5000 meter run on Friday, an event in which he placed 8th and came just short of tying his personal best time at 15:03.67.
Temple will use this week to get ready for the New Balance Collegiate Invitational at the 168th St. Armory.