PRINCETON, N.J. Junior John Carelli reached the regional qualifying mark and four other members of the University of Pennsylvania men’s track and field team qualified for the IC4A’s over the weekend at the Princeton Quad meet Saturday afternoon and the Bison Outdoor Classic Friday night.
Carelli became the first Quaker to reach a regional qualifying mark this season with his effort in the triple jump. As the top collegian in the event, the Allentown, Pa., native became just the seventh Quaker all-time to surpass the 50-foot mark. He is just the second Quaker to accomplish the feat since 1999. His second-place leap of 15.27 meters (50 feet, 1 1/4 inches) is a career best and ranks him seventh all-time in the Penn record books.
Anthony Abitante qualified for the IC4A's in the pole vault and nearly reached the regional height. He surpassed 5.00 meters (16-04.75 ft.) to win the event, his top effort so far this season and just missed out on the next height which would have qualified him for the Regional Championships.
Also at Princeton on Saturday, freshman Brian Fulton won the 1,500 meters as one of just two runners to break the four-minute mark. His time of 3:58.81 bested the 20-man field. Senior Joey Brown won the 100 meters, breaking the 11-second barrier for the second time in the last two weeks with a time of 10.98.
Penn had another winner in the 200 meters. Junior Kevin Benjamin, running in the event for the first time this season, won with a time of 22.11, leading two other Quakers in the top four. Brown was third at 22.41 and sophomore Alan Hill was fourth at 22.85.
The 1,600-meter relay team claimed another victory, winning for the second time this year. The group of senior Max Westman, Shepherd, junior David Lint and freshman Brian Rosenthal finished with a time of 3:19.17.
Senior Sam Shepherd was the runner-up in the 400 meters at 48.82, just missing the IC4A time by less than a half second. Senior Bryan Scotland was the runner-up in the 800 meters in a close race with Rutgers' Monroe Kearns. Scotland finished in a time of 1:54.67, just behind Kearns' 1:54.51 at the finish line. Senior Russ Koch was third in the javelin at 52.62 meters (172-08 ft.).
Penn sent some of its distance runners to Bucknell’s Bison Outdoor Classic where the Quakers saw great success on Friday night. Sophomore Luke Grau, junior Kevin Sullivan and freshman Austin Santillo each posted IC4A qualifying marks.
Sullivan and Santillo reached the postseason meet with their efforts in the 10,000 meters. In a race in which the stadium record was surpassed, Sullivan was one of 15 runners who broke the 31-minute mark with a 13th-place finish of 30:54.37. Santillo wasn’t far behind. He placed 17th in the field of 39 with his qualifying time of 31:02.56.
Grau will be able to run in the 5,000 meters at the IC4A’s in May with his fifth-place finish in Lewisburg, Pa. Besting his opening meet time in the event by nearly 30 seconds, the Chardon, Ohio, native easily reached the qualifying time with a finish of 14:26.79.
Next week, the Quakers will be back in Princeton for the Larry Ellis Invitational on April 17-18.