PHILADELPHIA - Four members of the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team - Darryll Oliver, Maalik Reynolds, Tim Carey and Luke Grau - are set to compete this weekend at the 2011 NCAA East Preliminary Round on the E.C. Billy Hayes Track at Indiana University's Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex in Bloomington, Ind.
Carey is the first to represent the Red and Blue stripes in the first round of the 400-meter hurdles at 4 p.m. on Thursday. If he's among the 24 to reach the quarterfinals, he will then compete for a spot in Des Moines, Iowa at 7:15 p.m. on Friday. Oliver is set to run in the NCAA First Round of
the 800 meters at 8 p.m. on Thursday. The top 24 will then qualify
for the NCAA Quarterfinals at 6:45 p.m. on Friday. Reynolds will compete
in the high jump at 1 p.m. on Thursday and Grau will run in the 5,000 meters
at 8:45 p.m. on Saturday. Both Reynolds and Grau need to finish in the
top 12 of their respective events to reach the NCAA Finals.
In each region, the top 48 marks in each event qualify for the NCAA Preliminary Rounds. Oliver, who reached the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2010, ranks No. 8 in the East in the 800 meters after his runner-up performance of 1:48.46 at the IC4A Championships Sunday. Grau got into the field in the 5,000 meters when he posted the seventh-best mark in school history - 14:12.24 - at the Penn Relays. Carey qualified in the 400-meter hurdles for the second time in two years with a season-best time of 52.44, ranking him 41st in the East. Reynolds, already a two-time Heps champion, is the No. 2 seed in the high jump with his school-record height of 2.28 meters (7 feet, 5 3/4 inches).
NCAA Championship meet extends over two weekends
in a three-week span at three different sites. The first weekend is now
known as the NCAA Preliminary Round and is broken up into two different
sites - East (Bloomington, Ind.) and West (Eugene, Ore.), which host the
NCAA first round and quarterfinal round in each event as well as some
of the NCAA semifinals.
The top 24 finishers in the first round advance to the quarterfinals where the top 12 will advance to compete in the semifinals and finals of the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, June 8-11.A full recap will be available at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of each day's events.