STATE COLLEGE, Pa./ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Senior Brian Fulton highlighted a split weekend for the University of Pennsylvania indoor men's track and field team. Fulton posted the fourth-fastest time in school history in the 1,000 meters at the Penn State National meet Saturday, while the majority of the Red and Blue competed at Navy's Wesley A. Brown Invitational.
During this weekend, the Penn State National meet is annually one of the most competitive in the nation. Fulton was the top collegian and finished second in a fast field with a time of 2:25.84. Other than Tim Kaijala's school-record performance of 2:23.12 in 2007, Fulton's effort was the fastest at Penn in 14 years - when current head coach Robin Martin finished with a then-school record time of 2:24.17.
Fulton's time qualified him for the IC4A Championships. It marks the second individual event where he has reached the postseason qualifying time. The Prep product also qualified in the 800 meters at the Great Dane Classic on Jan. 21.
Most of the Quakers were inside Navy's Wesley A. Brown Fieldhouse. Freshman Brent Jules reached the finals in the 60 meters with the fourth-best time in the preliminaries (7.17). He then topped that effort with Penn's best time of the season in the event. Jules' personal-best time of 7.12 placed him fourth overall at the meet.
In the high jump, Ikechi Nnamani finished tied for fifth after he cleared the bar at 1.94 meters (6 feet, 4 1/4 inches).
Meanwhile, Efayomi Carr was fourth in the triple jump. He was third among collegians when he landed at 13.45 meters (44-01.50 ft.). Newly-appointed Penn assistant coach Tuan Wreh competed and won the event with a jump of 15.21 meters (49-11 ft.).
The 4x400-meter relay team finished fifth with a time of 3:25.19, while the distance medley relay foursome placed fourth at 10:23.92.
Senior Colin Donnelly tied for sixth in the 200 meters with a finish of 22.70. Senior Brian Rosenthal was 10th in 400 meters. It ran the event for just the second time this year and broke the 50-second mark with a time of 49.69.
Freshman Jacob Brenza was fourth in the shot put with his toss of 14.29 metes (46-10.75 ft.).
The trek toward the 2012 Indoor Heptagonal Championships continues next week when the Quakers head to New Haven, Conn., to compete in Yale's Geigengack Invitational, Feb. 3-4.