NEW YORK, N.Y. - Freshman Brian Fulton, sophomore Luke Grau and junior John Carelli all won their respective events with season-best times in a second-place finish for the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team at the Virginia Duals Saturday at The Armory.
Fulton was impressive in the 800 meters, winning the event for the second time this year. His finish of 1:51.75 was the best of his young collegiate career and places him ninth on Penn's all-time list in the event. It was a night of near-misses for the Quakers as Fulton was just a few tenths away from posting an NCAA provisional qualifying time. However, Fulton, who has surpassed the IC4A mark each time he has run the event, will have two more events in which to reach an NCAA mark.
Carelli also vaulted up Penn's all-time rankings. One week after setting a career-best in the triple jump, he broke his personal record again. With his winning leap of 14.97 meters (49 feet, 1 1/2 inches) the Allentown, Pa., native became just the eighth Quaker all-time to surpass 49 feet in the event. Carelli also finished third in the long jump at 6.69 meters (21-11.50 ft.).
Senior Bryan Scotland reached the IC4A qualifying time in the 800 meters. He finished ninth in the event Saturday at 1:54.87, crossing the finish line in just under the time needed to reach the IC4A's (1:54.90).
The 1,600-meter relay team had its best race of the year. The team came in at 3:18.97, improving its IC4A qualifying time, and placing the team second in a close finish with Wake Forest.
There were several close calls in IC4A qualifying attempts. Senior Sam Shepherd, junior Ben McKean and freshman Jared Barchus were each a second away from reaching the time needed in the 400 meters. McKean placed fourth with a time of 50.07, Shepherd was fifth at 50.10 and Barchus was sixth in 50.21.
The same was true for Grau sophomore Christopher Baird in the 3,000 meters. Needing a time of 8:27.20 to reach the IC4A's, Grau won the event in a time of 8:27.70, while Baird was a close second at 8:28 flat.
Sophomore James Foreman was third in the pole vault at 4.70 meters (15-05 ft.) and senior Joey Brown was second in the 60-meter dash. Brown finished in a time of 7.04.
As a team, the Quakers were second in the Red Division, finishing with 46 points behind Wake Forest's 66 points. Overall, Penn placed fourth in the nine-team meet, topping Ivy rivals Brown (44 points) and Columbia (36). Cornell won the meet with 86 points.
The indoor postseason is now set to begin as Penn will have a week of preparations before they travel to Harvard University on Feb. 28-March 1 for the 2009 Indoor Heptagonal Championships.
Men's Team Scores
Gray (A) Division
Red (B) Division
Wake Forest, 66