PHILADELPHIA - Philip Cawkwell, Darryll Oliver, James Foreman and Luke Grau each won their respective events for the University of Pennsylvania outdoor men's track and field team in its first home meet of the year at Franklin Field. Oliver and Carey each had national Top 10 performances on a perfect Saturday at the Penn Invite in Philadelphia.
Oliver has had an incredible start to the outdoor year. He not only won yet again for the Quakers, but the junior finished with a career-best 1:48.41 in the 800 meters - the fourth best time in school history and, entering Saturday, the third-fastest time in the nation this year. In three races this outdoor season, Oliver has won all three. He won the 800 meters at Wake Forest in the season-opener and the 1,500 meters at Villanova last week.
Running in the event for the first time in his collegiate career, Carey posted the fifth-best time in school history in the 400-meter hurdles. The freshman was the runner-up with a time of 51.35 to become the first Quaker since 1992 to break the 52-second barrier in the event. Entering the day, only six other runners in the entire country had posted faster times in the event. It also qualified him for the IC4A's. Senior Jeremy Sinclair also reached the IC4A's with his fifth-place showing of 53.18.
Penn's impressive day continued at the pole vault. Foreman became just the third Quaker in team history to surpass 17 feet in the event. With a career-best effort, the junior successfully passed the bar at 5.18 meters (17 feet) on his second attempt. Foreman became just the 13th competitor in Division I this year to pull off the feat of 17 feet.
Cawkwell took an early lead and was never threatend as he ran to a decisive victory in the steeplechase. Cawkwell finished in 9:26.78, which was more than 20 seconds better than his nearest competitor.
Grau was also a runaway winner for the Quakers. He won by 30 seconds with a time of 14:40.38 in the 5,000 meters. Teammate Kevin Sullivan was the runner-up, finishing in 15:10.64.
Senior Ben McKean qualified for the IC4A Championships in the 400 meters. He finished fourth in the event at 48.30 - best finish of any Quaker thus far this season.
In the final event of the day, the 4x400 relay qualified for the IC4A's, finishing second in a time of 3:14.09.
Next Saturday, the Quakers head to Princeton, N.J., for the Princeton Quad. Penn will join Villanova and Rutgers along with the host Tigers.