2012 Begins at The Armory for Men's Track & Field

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PHILADELPHIA - Its a new beginning in a New Year for the University of Pennsylvania men's indoor track and field team. The Red and Blue open the 2012 season at the NYRR College Saturday Night at the Armory in New York, N.Y.

For the first time in nearly three decades, the Quakers will be without former head coach Charlie Powell, who retired in December. Former Penn standout and assistant coach, Robin Martin has taken over the head coaching responsiblities for the Red and Blue.

The NYRR College Saturday Night at the Armory begins with the shot put at 6:30 p.m. The first running event begins at the same time with the 60 meters and the meet comes to an end with the 4x400-meter relay.

Penn's first meet of the 2011-12 season was just more than a month ago at the Lehigh Season Opener. Five members of the Red and Blue posted wins, including the second-best indoor jump of Maalik Reynolds' collegiate career. Sophomore Jake Brenza was equally impressive in his victory with an ECAC qualifying victory of 15.80 meters in the shot put. Freshman Tom Timmins started his career with a win in the 400 meters and freshman Thomas Tallerico also won in his collegiate debut. In the 1,000 meters, he outraced Lehigh's Gregory Caldwell, who was running on his home track. The Quakers also posted the fastest 4x400-meter relay.

Last year in this meet, the Quakers placed third among 17 teams behind first-place finishes from Philip Cawkwell, Matt Chylak and a school-record performance from Reynolds. The high jumper finished in first place at 2.21 meters (7 feet, 3 inches) in his first collegiate meet. Chylak won the 1,000 meters by edging Bucknell's Clay Smith by three-tenths of a second. Chylak's winning time of 2:27.75 was the best of his collegiate career. Cawkwell claimed the victory in the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:23.08.

A full recap of the meet will be available at PennAthletics.com shortly after the completion of the day's events.