PHILADELPHIA - With the NCAA Championships on the horizon, the Quakers have one more chance to secure a place at the East Regional in Jacksonville, Fla., with the IC4A Championships this weekend at Princeton's Weaver Stadium, May 11-13. The University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team will send 11 to the meet.
Events start on Friday with the decathlon in the afternoon and the distance events shortly before sunset. The meat of the schedule on Saturday begins at 3 p.m., and continues through the 4x400-meter relay at 6 p.m. The final day of competition starts at 10:30 a.m. The meet will conclude with the finals of the 4x400-meter relay at 3:05 p.m.
Last year, the Quakers had quite a weekend at Weaver Stadium. Penn won an IC4A title and two silvers, and 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.
Robby Harwood, Matt Chylak, James Finucane and Brian Fulton won their second straight postseason title in the 4x800 relay (they also won the 2011 Outdoor Heps title a week earlier). The foursome beat Fordham to the finish line with a winning time of 7:25.59. Meanwhile, then-senior Darryll Oliver and then-freshman Maalik Reynolds each finished second. Oliver 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).
Last week at the Outdoor Heptagonal Championships, sophomore Maalik Reynolds was named first-team All-Ivy for the fourth time in his career, while junior Tim Carey and sophomore Karl Ingram earned second-team honors for the Quakers. Reynolds won the Heps high jump title at 2.24 meters (7 feet, 4 1/4 inches) to successfully defend his outdoor title. Carey finished as the runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 52.71, and Ingram posted the best finish for any Quaker in the javelin since 2004 with a second-place toss of 62.55 meters (205 feet, 2 inches).
A full recap of the 2012 Outdoor IC4A Championships will be available at PennAthletics.com shortly after the completion of the meet.