BOSTON, Mass. - With a third-place finish in the distance medley relay, junior John Foye and seniors Brian Rosenthal, Brian Fulton andMichael Cunningham earned All-East honors for the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team at the IC4A Indoor Championships Sunday.
The distance medley relay team accounted for all six team points for the Quakers. Penn was one of 47 teams to score at the meet and finished in a tie for 31st. Cornell won the meet with 74 points and Connecticut was second with 59.
Foye started the DMR for the Quakers and handed to Rosenthal for the 400 leg. Fulton then carried the baton for another 800 meters and handed to Cunningham, who kept the Red and Blue within striking distance of the IC4A title throughout the final mile. He stopped the clock for Penn at 9:52.23. It was less than two seconds behind Duquesne's winning time.
Freshman Thomas Tallerico played a role in getting the Quakers into the relay final. He ran the 800-leg in the preliminaries where Penn finished second in their heat with a qualifying time of 9:53.67.
It marked the fifth All-East accolade (two indoor, three outdoor) in Fulton's career. The other four were in the 4x800-meter relay. It was the second such honor for both Rosenthal (2011 indoor DMR) and Cunningham (2010 indoor DMR), and the first for Foye.
Senior Efayomi Carr competed in the triple jump. His final jump was his best. The Washington, D.C., native landed at 14.02 meters (46 feet) and placed 21st overall.
Sophomore Jake Brenza won his flight in the shot put. His second toss landed at 15.60 meters (51-02.25 ft.) and stayed as his best. But it was shy of qualfiying for the finals in the event and placed him 17th overall.
On Day One, freshman Tom Timmins competed in the 500 meters. He was fourth in his heat and finished 24th overall. His finish of 1:05.03 was a season-best and tops for any Quaker in the event this year.
The field for the NCAA Championships in Boise, Idaho, will be announced early next week. Sophomore Maalik Reynolds is expected to compete in the high jump when the meet takes place March 9-10. Reynolds won outdoor All-America honors during his freshman year.