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PHILADELPHIA - It's the longest trip of the indoor season, but the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team hopes it will be the most memorable one. The Quakers are making their way to Hanover, N.H., to compete for the Ivy League title at the 2010 Indoor Heptagonal Track and Field Championships on Feb. 27-28.
Events at Leverone Field House, located on the campus of Dartmouth University, begin on Saturday at 10 a.m. with the start of the heptathlon. The first field event is the shot put at 11 a.m., while the first track events will be the preliminaries of the 60-meter hurdles at 10:30 a.m. and the mile at 11:20 a.m. The first day is set to conclude with the 3,000 meters at 1:25 p.m. Meanwhile, Sunday’s slate of events kicks off with the 60-meter hurdles portion of the heptathlon at 10:30 a.m., and ends with the 4x400 relay at 3:20 p.m. The awards ceremony for the meet is scheduled shortly thereafter at 4 p.m.
Heading into the weekend, six different Quakers rank within the top five of the Ivy League in six events. Freshmen Time Carey (fourth) and Patrick Foley (fifth) both rank in the top-five in the 200 meters as Carey also ranks third in the 400 meters. Another freshman, Michael Brown, is third in the league in the 60-meter hurdlles. Junior Jeff Weinstein has posted the second-fastest Ivy League time in the 1,000 meters this year, and only one Ivy Leaguer has bettered junior James Foreman in the pole vault this season. Meanwhile, senior John Carelli, who is the defending champion in the triple jump, ranks third going into the meet. All three Penn relay teams are within the top five of the league.
Last year at the indoor league championship event, two Quakers earned All-Ivy honors as Penn placed sixth as a team. Carelli garnered both first and second team honors, while then-senior Max Westman took home second-team merits for his runner-up finish in the heptathlon.
With 10 individuals and three relay teams already qualified for the IC4A Championships, several Quakers are peaking at the right time. Carelli and Carey each posted season-best marks in Penn's last meet where the Quakers finished fifth at the Armory Duals. Weinstein recorded a career-best in the mile as did Foley in the 200 meters, Brown in the 60-meter hurdles and sophomore Efaymoi Carr in the triple jump. Foreman matched his personal-best in the pole vault as he sits in eighth-place all-time at Penn in the event.
Complete results from the meet will be available on PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of each day’s events.