Four Men Bound for NCAA Championships
PHILADELPHIA - Seniors Brian Fulton (800) and Ryan Cunningham (1,500), and sophomores Maalik Reynolds (high jump) and Jake Brenza (shot put) were selected to compete in the NCAA Championships when the fields were announced by the NCAA on
Thursday afternoon. The four members of the University of
Pennsylvania men's track and field team will compete in the NCAA
East Preliminary Round, May 24-26, in Jacksonville, Fla.
In each region, the top 48 marks in each event qualify for the NCAA Preliminary Rounds.
This is the second NCAA Outdoor Championships selection for both Fulton and Reynolds. Fulton was last at this meet in 2009 and enters the 2012 championships seeded No. 30 following a career-best performance - and the seventh-best all-time at Penn - at the Heptagonal Championships (1:49.49). Reynolds was an All-American as a freshman last year and was an All-American at the indoor championships in March. He ranks sixth in the nation in the high jump at 2.24 meters (7 feet 4 1/4 inches) and enters the East Preliminary Round as the No. 4 seed. The top 12 in his event will reach the NCAA final in June.
Brenza earned his way into the NCAA Championships for the first time with the best toss at Penn in 31 years. He scored at the Heptagonal Championships on May 6 with a throw that exceeded his previous personal best by nearly four feet. It measured 17.25 meters (56-07.25 ft.) and ranks him 39th heading into the meet.
Cunningham, a two-time indoor All-East honoree, will also make his NCAA Championships debut. He earned his spot by supplanting his name in the Penn record books. At George Mason's Patriot Invitational on April 14, Cunningham recorded the second-fastest 1,500 meters at Penn since 1978. His mark of 3:45.93 ranks as the sixth-fastest in school history and qualified him for a slot in the NCAA First Round.
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 (Jacksonville, Fla.) and West (Austin, Texas), 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 7-9.