VIDEO: 4x800 Relay
PHILADELPHIA - Maalik Reynolds, James Finucane, Robby Harwood, Brian Fulton and Matt Chylak each earned first-team All-Ivy status for the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team on Monday as announced by the league office.
Each stood atop the podium on Sunday at the 2011 Outdoor Heptagonal Championships. Reynolds won the high jump title with the second-highest mark in Heps history and the second-best mark in the nation this year, while Harwood, Chylak, Fulton and Finucane combined to win the Heps title in the 4x800-meter relay.
This is the second first-team All-Ivy honor for Reynolds, who was the Co-Most Outstanding Performer of the Meet on Sunday. The freshman earned the same honor after his victory in the high jump at Indoor Heps. He became the first Penn athlete since David Arundel in 2000 to win the Outdoor Heps high jump title and the first since Henry Hipps in 1994 to win both the indoor and outdoor Heps high jumps in the same year. Reynolds won the outdoor title by breaking his own school record at 2.28 meters (7 feet, 5 3/4 inches).
Harwood, a freshman, earned his first All-Ivy accolade as he went stride-for-stride with the leaders on the first leg. He handed Chylak, a 2010 second-team Outdoor All-Ivy recipient in the same event, who seperated the Quakers from the pack along with his Columbia and Harvard counterparts. Fulton, also a second-team All-Ivy honoree as part of the 2010 team, passed both opponents on the backstretch of his second lap and gave the the lead heading into the final 800 meters. Finucane was passed on the second turn of his second lap, but earned All-Ivy recognition for the first time in his career in dramatic fashion as he passed his Columbia opponent in the final straightaway.
The top Ivy League performers in each individual event at the outdoor Heptagonal championships and the top team in each relay event earn selection to the All-Ivy first team. The runner-up finishers in each event earn second-team honors.
For Penn's postseason qualifiers, the IC4A Championships are up next at Princeton's Weaver Stadium, May 13-15.