Freshman Sets School Record; Men's Track and Field Places Third


NEW YORK, N.Y. - Behind first-place finishes from senior Philip Cawkwell, sophomore Matt Chylak and a school-record performance from freshman Maalik Reynolds, the University of Pennsylvania men's indoor track and field team placed third at the 17-team Saturday Night at The Armory meet.

In their first meet of the 2011 calender year, Penn finished with 75 team points. Bucknell won the event with 121 points, while Army was the runner-up with 96.

Reynolds, in his first collegiate indoor meet, is already the school record holder in the high jump. Prior to Saturday night, only three Quakers had ever surpassed seven feet in the event and Reynolds did so on his first attempt at the height and then cleanly passed the bar at the next height, finishing in first place at 2.21 meters (7 feet, 3 inches). No Quaker had ever passed that height - indoor or outdoor - and Reynolds was just the 10th Ivy League athlete to ever do so. It was also an IC4A qualifying mark - tops in the IC4A this year - and the fourth-best jump in the country in 2011.

Chylak also qualified for the IC4A's. He won the 1,000 meters by edging Bucknell's Clay Smith by three-tenths of a second. Chylak's winning time of 2:27.75 was the best of his collegiate career.

Cawkwell, senior Luke Grau, junior Michael Cunningham and freshman Connor Paez each finished in the top five of the 3,000 meters. Cawkwell claimed the victory with a time of 8:23.08, while Grau was the runner-up at 8:24.67. Both of those times qualify for the IC4A Championships. Cunningham came in moments later at 8:31.48 to finish fourth with Paez crossing next at 8:32.35.

Senior James Foreman reached the IC4A mark in the pole vault. He finished second in the event after successfully clearing 4.80 meters (15-09 ft.) on his first attempt.

Senior Alan Hill finished fifth in the 60 meters with a time of 7.02. Penn's 4x400-meter relay team also finished fifth, crossing the finish line in 3:23.09. The 4x800-meter relay team was third with a time of 8:01.83.

Next weekend, the Quakers head back to The Armory for the Great Dane Classic on Friday.