CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Junior John Carelli won the Heptagonal championship in the triple jump as the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team placed sixth as a team at the 2009 Indoor Heptagonal Championships Sunday at Harvard's Gordon Track.
Carelli had never surpassed 15 meters in the triple jump prior to doing so twice on day two of the Heptagonals. He was the only competitor in the field to do so as he topped out at 15.16 meters (49 feet, 9 inches) with his third jump in the qualifying round. That leap stood as the top mark throughout the finals as Carelli became the first Quaker to win the indoor Heptagonal championship in the triple jump since Tuan Wreh in 2002. The Parkland High School product is now seventh all-time at Penn in the event.
Senior Max Westman was the Heptagonal runner-up in the heptathlon. Westman was fourth after the first day, but won the 60-meter hurdles at 8.25 and the 1,000 meters at 2:46.34. He accumulated more than 1,700 points from those two events alone and finished with 5,092, but Co-Athlete of the Meet Duane Hynes beat him out with 5,197 points.
When competing in the 60-meter hurdles, Westman scored six more points for the Quakers. With the best time of his career at 8.18, the Bala Cynwyd, Pa., native placed third.
Senior Joey Brown once again broke the seven-second mark in the 60-meter dash. His time of 6.98 was good enough for fourth-place and four points for the Red and Blue.
Sophomore Luke Grau was one place from scoring, finishing seventh among the 25-man field in the 5,000 meters. His time of 14:38.26 qualified him to run in the event next weekend at the IC4A Championships.
In the relays, Penn scored in all three events. In the distance medley relay and in the two-mile relay, the Quakers finished fifth. Westman, freshmen Jared Barchus and Michael Cunningham and sophomore Robbert Dugger had the best time of the year for Penn in the distance medley relay at 10:07.13. Freshman Kyle McFadden, junior Kevin Kiley, senior Bryan Scotland and freshman Brian Fulton combined to reach an IC4A time in the two-mile relay at 7:44.91. The mile relay was sixth with an IC4A finish of 3:22.81.
Penn placed sixth with 43 points as Cornell won the event for the second year in a row with 176.5 points. Princeton was the runner-up with 121.5 points.
During day one of the championships, Penn got points from Carelli (second place) in the long jump and sophomore James Foreman (fifth place) in the pole vault.
Next up for the Quakers are the IC4A Championships March 7-8 in Boston, Mass. Penn has 18 individuals who have posted IC4A qualifying times in 27 different events.
1. Cornell, 176.5
2. Princeton, 121.5
3. Columbia, 82
4. Yale, 55
5. Brown, 52
6. Penn, 43
7. Harvard, 41