Day One Recap
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Juniors Anthony Abitante and John Carelli were unable to automatically advance to the NCAA Championships for the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team as they completed competition at the NCAA East Regionals in Greensboro, N.C., Saturday afternoon.
The top-five finishers in each event earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships. The rest of the championship field is determined by the best marks posted by the remaining athletes. Abitante and Carelli will now have to hope their best efforts from the 2009 season will be good enough to earn each of them an at-large nomination to the championship meet when the complete field is revealed in early June.
Abitante did not register a height in the pole vault as he passed at the first height of 4.91 meters. At the second height, the bar moved to 5.06 meters (16-07.25 ft.). Only 15 of the 28 competitors successfully cleared at that height with Abitante unable to do so on his three attempts. It was just the second time since the first week in April in which the Berkley Heights, N.J., did not surpass the bar at five meters.
Carelli was unable to compete in the triple jump and was forced to pass on his jumps.
If Saturday is the final meet of the season for Abitante and Carelli, each will enter their senior seasons with their names already in the school record books. Abitante currently ranks third all-time at Penn in the outdoor pole vault and is seventh in the indoor pole vault. Carelli also moved up Penn's all-time rankings in 2009. He is sixth in the outdoor triple jump and is the seventh-best indoor triple jumper in program history.