PRINCETON, N.J. - A week after they claimed the Heps title, the University of Pennsylvania 4x800-meter relay team won the IC4A championship on Sunday at Princeton's Weaver Stadium. Meanwhile, senior Darryll Oliver and freshman Maalik Reynolds each claimed silvers as the Penn men's track and field team finished ninth as a team at the 2011 Outdoor IC4A Championships.
Of the 52 teams that scored, the Quakers cracked the top 10 with 27 points. The ninth-place showing was the best finish for the Red and Blue since the 2006 team placed third. Duke won the 2011 IC4A Outdoor team title with 74.50 points, followed by George Mason's 61 points and Albany's 55 points.
First-team All-Ivy recipients, Robby Harwood, Matt Chylak, James Finucane and Brian Fulton won their second straight postseason title in the 4x800 relay. The foursome, which consists of a freshman, a sophomore and two juniors, beat Fordham to the finish line with a winning time of 7:25.59. Oliver filled in during the prelims on Saturday for Finucane, who ran in the 1,500 meters that afternoon. The Quakers won their heat and easily posted the meet's best qualifying time - topping the rest of the field by more than two seconds.
Oliver scored as an individual on Sunday with a second-place finish in the 800 meters. A 2010 NCAA Quarterfinalist in the event, Oliver posted his top two times of the season this weekend. On Saturday, he won his heat and was second among qualifiers with a time of 1:49.62. On Sunday, he was better and finished a half-stride away from claiming the IC4A title. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native stopped the clock at 1:48.46, just five-tenths of a second off of a personal best and behind VMI's Felix Katur.
Reynolds, the 2011 indoor IC4A champion, was the runner-up in the high jump at 2.18 meters (7 feet, 1 1/4 inches). He was one of six competitors remaining when the bar was raised to 2.14 meters. However, when the Atlanta, Ga., native cleared that height on his second attempt, there was just one other jumper remaining. They both cleared the next height, but Reynolds, who has never finished lower than second as a collegian, hit the bar on all three attempts at 2.21 meters to place as the runner-up.
Sophomore hurdler Tim Carey also scored for the Quakers. He qualified for the finals of the 400-meter hurdles with a preliminary time of 52.47 to place third in his heat and seventh among the finalists. In the IC4A championship race on Sunday, he finished eighth with a time of 53.87.
Next up, in each event, the top 48 times and marks in the East region qualify for the first round of the NCAA Championships. The full list of qualifiers will be announced next week. The NCAA East Preliminary Round is scheduled for May 26-28 on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. For a complete list of the top East Region marks and times, click here.
Penn at the IC4A's
110-Meter Hurdles: 16-Barry (14.75)
400-Meter Hurdles: 8-Carey (52.47p, 53.87f)
400 Meters: 13-Rosenthal (48.00)
800 Meters: 2-Oliver (1:49.62p, 1:48.46f)
1,500 Meters: 17-Cunningham (3:53.42), 27-Finucane (3:58.25)
5,000 Meters: 14-Grau (14:22.00), 21-Paez (14:28.74)
4x100 Relay: 11-Penn (41.81)
4x800 Relay: 1-Penn (7:27.56p, 7:25.59f)
High Jump: 2-Reynolds (2.18m)
Javelin: 15-Ingram (57.04m)