NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Six members of the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team moved on to the finals during day one of the 2011 Outdoor Heptagonal Championships on Saturday at Yale's Cuyler Athletic Complex in New Haven, Conn. The meet was temporarily delayed due to lightning in the early afternoon hours, but all scheduled events were completed.
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, the top eight advance past the preliminaries and the top-six finishers will score in the finals of each event on Sunday.
Junior Brian Rosenthal started the day off with a qualifying time in the 400 meters for the Quakers. He finished second in his heat and fourth overall in the preliminaries with a time of 47.89. That moves him into Sunday's finals which is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Freshman Mason Smith matched the best time of his career in the 100 meters. He finished in 10.89 to place second in his heat and post the fourth-best time among qualifiers. Sunday's final is set for 2:10 p.m.
A short while later, sophomore Seck Barry was tops in the 110-meter hurdles. He had the best time of the day with a collegiate-best effort of 14.62. Junior Jeff Seddon also qualified in the event. He reached with the eighth-best time of 15.34. Barry and Seddon will compete for the Heps title in the event at 1:40 p.m., on Sunday.
Sophomore Tim Carey reached Sunday's final in the 400-meter hurdles. He circled Yale's track in 53.91 seconds. That was good enough to win his heat and ranked second among the qualifiers.
In the 800 meters, senior Darryll Oliver, the 2009 Outdoor Heps champion in the event, posted a season-best time of 1:50.35. He was in the fastest heat where he finished second. His time stood as the second-best of all the qualifiers. Sunday's final is at 2:30 p.m.
Two Quakers ran qualifying times in the 1,500 meters, but did not reach the finals. Michael Cunningham (3:51.30) and Jeff Weinstein (3:53.68). The top 10 qualify in this event and those two finished with the ninth and 10th-best times in the preliminaries. But the top two in each heat qualify and they finished fourth and seventh in the first heat which led to two competitors with higher times reaching the finals.
A full recap of the 2011 Outdoor Heptagonal Championships will be available at PennAthletics.com shortly after the completion of Sunday's events.