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PHILADELPHIA - Kyle Calvo built a strong lead in the men's decathlon, highlighting the first day of the 2006 Heptagonal Championships hosted by Penn at Franklin Field.
Calvo tallied 3,948 points -- ahead of second-place Adam Farrell of Cornell by 331 points -- as he had the fastest time in the 100-meter run with an 11.05 and the longest jump in the long jump at 7.34 meters.
The sophomore also placed third in the individual long jump with a leap of 7.18 meters.
Calvo was not the only person who had a big day for the Quakers, as Sam Shepherd qualified in the 400 by winning the fourth heat in a time of 47.90. David Whitehurst, meanwhile, had the top time in the trials of the 110-meter hurdles, an event he won last year, with a 14.29.
In the 800, the Quakers went 1-2 as standout Courtney Jaworski ran 1:50.34 in the second of four heats, the best time of the day. Tim Kaijala notched the second-best time (1:50.65) in the first heat.
Penn qualified athletes for eight of tomorrow's final events, the third-highest number of qualifiers at the meet.
The men's events get underway at 9:45 a.m., starting with the 110-meter hurdles portion of the decathlon.