Fourteen Place in Top 10 for Men's Track and Field


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Fourteen top-10 finishes highlighted the weekend for the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team at the Wake Forest Open in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Friday and Saturday.

It was an extremely deep field during a sunny weekend in North Carolina. There were 124 athletes that ran in the 1,500 meters, but freshman Brian Fulton was better than 115 of the competitors. He placed ninth with his time of 3:56.59

Senior Max Westman qualified for the 2009 Outdoor IC4A Championships with the fourth-best finish in the preliminaries of the 110-meter hurdles. His time of 14.81 qualifies him for the postseason meet.

Junior John Carelli was the runner-up in the triple jump as he also met the outdoor IC4A qualifying mark. His best jump of the event measured 14.77 meters (48 feet, 5 1/2 inches).

The Quakers were well represented at the top of the results in the 3,000 meters. Led by freshman Isaac Ortiz’s sixth-place finish, three members of the Red and Blue placed within the top 10 of the 49 runners. Behind Ortiz’s finish of 8:43.68, freshman James Finucane was eighth with a time of 8:48.39 and freshman Ryan Cunningham was 10th at 8:53.28.

Penn was also heavily involved in the top half of the finishers in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters. Sophomore Luke Grau was third with a time of 14:50.63 in the 5,000-meter run. Teammate and fellow sophomore Christopher Baird also broke the 15-minute mark as he came across the line right after Grau in fourth place at 14:58.71. Junior Brian Cullen was tenth among the 76 runners in the 5,000. He finished in 15:09.81.

In the 10,000, junior Kevin Sullivan was the runner-up, finishing in 31:21.03. Senior Sean McGinley was fourth in 31:25.18 and senior John Cassidy came across in 32:11.19.

The men’s 400-meter relay team was ninth, crossing the finish line in 42.76, while the Quakers had two separate teams place in the top 10 in the 1,600-meter relay. Penn’s top relay team of the event was fourth with a time of 3:18.26 with the second foursome finishing ninth at 3:20.90.

Coming up for the men's team is the Navy Invite in Annapolis, Md., on March 28.