PHILADELPHIA - One week removed from competing in front of more than 48,000 fans in the 117th running of the Penn Relays at Franklin Field, the University of Pennsylvania men’s track and field team is set to compete at the 2011 Outdoor Heptagonal Championships this weekend at Yale's Cuyler Athletic Complex in New Haven, Conn.
The Heps meet kicks off at 10:50 a.m. on Saturday with the decathalon. The javelin will be taking place at the same time to kick start the field events. The first day of competition will conclude with the 10,000 meters at 5 p.m. Championship Sunday begins with the decathalon at 10:30 a.m., and the high jump finals. The 2011 Heptagonal team champion will be announced around 5 p.m. For live updates and results throughout the meet, see link atop this release.
At Heps, only the top-six finishers score in each event and Penn will be counting on points from a variety of its athletes in a variety of events.
This year, Penn has eight marks ranking in the top six of the Ivy League. Among them is Maalik Reynolds. The freshman high jumper is the league leader in the event with his top jump of the year - also the school record-holder and tied for fourth in the nation - measuring 2.23 meters (7 feet, 3 3/4 inches).
Sophomore Tim Carey posted the second-best Ivy League time of the year in the 400-meter hurdles. His time of 52.44 set at the Penn Invitational earlier this season is only 15-hundredths of a second behind that of Brian Freitas of Cornell.
A couple of Penn’s relay teams are also ranked in the top six among the other Ivies, one of them being the 4x100 team which includes senior Alan Hill, sophomore Patrick Foley, freshman Colin Donnelly and freshman Mason Smith. They sit second, only seven-hundredths of a second behind first place Cornell’s 40.53. The 4x400 relay, made up of sophomore Seck Barry, sophomore Allante Keels, senior Darryll Oliver, and junior Brian Rosenthal, is ranked fourth in the Ivy League with a time of 3:14.58. Barry also sits third in the 110-meter hurdles.
The Quakers finished in sixth with 54 points at Weaver Stadium in Princeton, N.J., at last year's Ivy League championship meet. The 4x800 team finished as the runner-up, and Carey almost won the Heps title in the 110-meter hurdles, finishing just six-tenths of a second behind Cornell’s Nick Huber. Then-senior Jeremy Sinclair finished fourth in the same event to finish in third place. Oliver, the defending champion in 2010, was unable to defend his top spot, finishing third in the 800 meters.
A full recap of the 2011 Outdoor Heptagonal Championships will be available at PennAthletics.com shortly after the completion of each day's events.