PHILADELPHIA - One week after hosting the 118th running of the Penn Relays, the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team will welcome its Ivy League counterparts to Franklin Field for the 2012 Outdoor Heptagonal Championships on Saturday and Sunday.
The Heps meet kicks off at 11 a.m. on Saturday with the start of the multi-events. A few field events finals will take place later that afternoon, including the javelin, pole vault and long jump. Saturday concludes with the finals for the 10,000 meters at 5 p.m. Championship Sunday begins with the resumption of the decathlon plus the finals for the high jump at 11 a.m. The 2012 Heptagonal team champion will be announced around 5 p.m. For live updates and results throughout the meet, see the 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.
Entering this weekend's competition, Penn has seven marks ranking in the top six of the
Ivy League. That includes all three relay teams as the 4x100 ranks third in the Ivies, the 4x400 has posted the sixth-best time in the league this year and the 4x800 is fifth after a mark of 7:37.60 at the Texas Relays. In the individual track events, freshman Tom Timmins and junior Tim Carey both rank among the top six in the 400-meter hurdles.
In the field events, sophomore Maalik Reynolds has already won three heps titles in his short collegiate career. In addition to winning the 2011 outdoor championship, the Atlanta, Ga., native has won two indoor titles. His season-best leap of 2.16 meters (7 feet, 1 inch) ranks second in the league heading into the weekend. Sophomore Karl Ingram should factor into the scoring in the javelin. He enters the meet ranked fourth in the Ivy League after he opened the year with a toss of 60.72 meters (199-02 ft.).
The Quakers finished in seventh place with 33 points at the Ivy outdoor championship meet in New Haven, Conn., last year. With the second-best jump in Heps history, Reynolds claimed the high jump title, while the 4x800-meter relay team also earned the title as Heps champions. A full recap of the 2011 Heps championships can be found here.
A full recap of the 2012 Outdoor Heptagonal Championships will be available at PennAthletics.com shortly after the completion of each day's events.