Heptagonal Championships Weekend for Men's Track and Field

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PHILADELPHIA - Its the biggest weekend of the year for Ivy League track and field. All 16 teams from the eight schools will converge at Princeton's Weaver Stadium for the 2010 Outdoor Heptagonal Championships on Saturday and Sunday. The University of Pennsylvania track and field team boasts 11 marks ranking in the top six of the league this year as well as three former Heptagonal champions.

The meet begins Saturday at 10 a.m. with the hammer throw. The decathlon starts at 11 a.m., and the first track events are the 400-meter qualifiers. The first day concludes with the 10,000 meters at 7 p.m. Championship Sunday begins at 11 a.m. with the resumption of the decathlon, while field events start at noon with the discus and the track sees its first action with the final of the 4x100 relay at 12:30 p.m. A 2010 Heptagonal team champion will be announced around 5:30 p.m. For live updates and results throughout the meet, see the Heps Track homepage link atop this release.

At Heps, only the top-six finishers score in each event and Penn will be counting on points from a variety of its runners, jumpers and throwers.

Senior Darryll Oliver ranks 16th in the nation and second in the league in the 800 meters after posting a career-best time of 1:48.41 at the Penn Invite on April 3. Oliver is the defending heptagonal champion in the event after edging out Jeff Moriarty of Columbia for the 2009 title. Moriarty, however, enters as the 2010 favorite with his time of 1:48.21 on April 10.

Freshman Tim Carey was Penn's lone heptagonal champion at the indoor Heptagonals in March, taking home the 60-meter hurdles title. In his first outdoor Heptagonal meet, Carey enters with the league's best marks so far this year in both the 110-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles.

In addition to Carey, senior Jeremy Sinclair will be looked upon to add some more points in the hurdles as he ranks fifth in each of the events.

Senior Ben McKean is seventh in the league in the 400 meters and has also served as Penn's anchor in the 4x400 relay throughout much of the season. The 4x400 team has posted the third-best time among the Ivies this season, while the 4x100 relay team is ranked fourth in the league.

Penn's best relay this season was the 4x800 team, and luckily for the Red and Blue, the event has been added to the Heptagonal slate this year. Penn's 4x800 relay ran in the Championship of America race at the Penn Relays, and of the Ivies, only Columbia bested the Quakers' effort of 7:28.31.

In the field events, James Foreman leads all Ivy League pole vaulters after his breakthrough performance at the Penn Invite. He cleared the bar at 17 feet (5.18 meters) which is nearly a foot better than any other Ivy League competitor this season.

Other potential scorers in the field events are senior John Carelli, who holds an indoor heptagonal championship and sits in fourth among the Ivies in the triple jump, and senior Joe Ruzbarsky who is sixth in the javelin.

At last year's outdoor league championships, Max Westman, Oliver, and the 4x100 relay team each claimed Heptagonal titles for the Quakers as they placed third as a team. Oliver won the 800 meters and Westman won the decathlon, giving Penn six first-team All-Ivy honorees with the 4x100 team of Alan Hill, Kevin Benjamin, Joey Brown and Kevin Baidoo.

A full recap of the 2010 Heptagonal Championships will be available at PennAthletics.com shortly after the completion of each day's events.

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