PHILADELPHIA - On Day One of the 2012 Outdoor Heptagonal Championships at Franklin Field Saturday, senior Efayomi Carr and sophomore Karl Ingram each scored for the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team with career-best efforts. Meanwhile, four other Quakers qualified for Championship Sunday.
Championship Sunday begins with the high jump finals at 11 a.m., and the track events start with the 4x100-meter relay at 11:50 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.
In one of the few finals on Saturday, Carr scored the first two points of the championship meet for the Quakers. In his final Heps meet, Carr opened with a personal-best effort in the long jump. In a competitive field, Carr had to record the best jump of his career just to score and he did exactly that. On his third attempt, the Washington, D.C., native eclipsed his old mark by nearly nine inches. He landed at 6.95 meters (22 feet, 9 3/4 inches).
Later in the afternoon, Ingram nearly won the javelin Heps title at his home facility. On his final throw, Ingram vaulted from fifth to first place when he cleared his pervious personal best by nearly two feet. His mark of 62.55 meters (205-02 ft.) led the meet until the penultimate attempt of the event. Harvard's Dean Sullivan's final throw landed a little more than a meter further. However, the Kalispell, Mont., native garnered eight points for the Quakers with his runner-up finish. That stands as the best finish in the event for a Penn athlete since 2003 national champion Brian Chaput won his third straight javelin Heps title for the Quakers in 2004.
At Heps, the top eight advance past the preliminaries and the top-six finishers will score in the finals of each event on Sunday.
Senior Brian Fulton highlighted Saturday's trials for the Red and Blue. The Malvern Prep product dulpicated the feats of Carr and Ingram with a personal-best of his own. Fulton posted the seventh-best 800-meter run in program history with a time of 1:49.49. He finished first in his heat and will compete for the Heps title at 2:20 p.m. Sunday.
In the first track event of the meet, senior Brian Rosenthal quickly became the first Quaker to qualify for Sunday's finals. He finished second in his heat with a season-best and IC4A qualifying time of 48.37 in the 400 meters. The Dresher, Pa., native will compete for the league title at 1:50 p.m. Sunday.
Senior hurdlers Jeff Seddon and junior Tim Carey each qualified for the second day of competition. Seddon did so in the 110-meter hurdles with his best effort of the season. Running into a headwind, Seddon was fourth in his heat at 15.28. Carey will represent the Quakers in the 400-meter hurdles after he cruised to a win in his heat at 53.82.
The Quakers are in fifth place in the team standings following the first day of competition with 10 points. Princeton is in the lead after Day One with 52 points followed by Harvard's 31.