NEW HAVEN, Conn. - It was a successful weekend in New Haven, Conn., for the University of Pennsylvania men's indoor track and field team at Yale's Coxe Cage. Including a win from the 4x400-meter relay team, the Quakers totaled up an impressive six new IC4A qualifying marks at the Giegengack Invitational, which included four individuals - James Finucane, Matt Chylak, Jeff Weinstein and Luke Grau - and two relay teams.
The 4x400-meter relay team qualified the Quakers for the IC4A championship with its victory. Senior Alan Hill, sophomore Allante Keels, junior Brian Rosenthal and sophomore Tim Carey combined for a season-best time of 3:17.36 to top the rest of the 21-team field.
Chylak nearly won the 1,000 meters with a career-best effort. The sophomore finished less than a second behind two Bulldogs on their home track. His time of 2:26.77 improved upon his previous IC4A mark and placed him third in the meet. Finucane reached the IC4A time in the event as well. He secured a sixth-place finish with his time of 2:27.77.
Weinstein and Grau, who were each running in the event for the first time this season, reached the IC4A mark. Weinstein finished seventh in a time of 4:13.25 and Grau was just a few steps off his pace, finishing 10th at 4:14.51.
The distance medley relay team had its best finish of the season. Junior James Finucane, sophomore Trevor Cordivari and freshmen Robby Harwood and Steve Piscatelli improved upon Penn's IC4A qualifying mark from the Great Dance Classic as the first Red and Blue foursome to break 10 minutes in the event. They finished third with a time of 9:58.26.
Carey finished third in the 500 meters with a time of 1:04.39. It beat the IC4A requirement, but was just 12 tenths of a second from topping his season-best effort from the Great Dane Classic.
Freshman Maalik Reynolds was the runner-up in the high jump. He was one of four competitors to pass the bar at 1.99 meters (6 feet, 6 1/4 inches).
Senior James Foreman was the runner-up in the pole vault. In all four meets this winter, he has placed in the top five, including three second-place finishes. Of the 14 vaulters, he was one of just three to pass the bar at 4.80 meters (15-09 ft.).
Next Saturday, Penn heads to The Armory in New York City for the Armory Invitational.