Defending IC4A Champion 4x800 Places Third for Men's Track & Field


PRINCETON, N.J. - A year ago at the IC4A Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the University of Pennsylvania claimed victory in the 4x800-meter relay. The 2012 edition nearly defended its title and finished third to highlight the weekend for the Quakers at Princeton's Weaver Stadium on Sunday.

Of the 54 teams to score at the meet, the Quakers placed 38th with six points. George Mason won the 2012 IC4A team title with 59 points, followed by Cornell's 52 points.

The 4x800-meter relay accumulated all of Penn's points with its impressive third-place finish. The Quakers were a little more than a second behind Fordham's championship-winning time of 7:28.49. Last year, Robby Harwood, Matt Chylak, James Finucane and Brian Fulton beat Fordham to the finish line with a winning time of 7:25.59. On Sunday, Penn was just a few seconds behind that mark with a time of 7:29.90. Harwood, Chylak, Fulton and Mato Bekelja reached the IC4A final with a third-place finish in their heat (7:35.52) and entered the final as the sixth seed.

In the field events, sophomore Karl Ingram was 20th with a throw of 55.97 meters (183 feet, 7 inches). Sophomore Jake Brenza was 21st in the shot put with his best toss landing at 15.50 meters (50-10.50 ft.). Senior Efayomi Carr was 22nd in the region in the triple jump when his frist jump measured 13.90 meters (45-07.25 ft.). Sophomore Maalik Reynolds also participated at the meet, but missed on three attempts at his first height.

Junior All-Ivy hurdler Tim Carey was 14th in the 400-meter hurdles at 53.14.

Next up, in each event, the top 48 times and marks in the East region qualify for the first round of the NCAA Championships. The full list of qualifiers will be announced in the upcoming week. The NCAA East Preliminary Round is scheduled for May 24-26 in Jacksonville, Fla. For a complete list of the top East Region marks and times, click here.