NEW YORK, N.Y. - Of the 24 teams that scored at the Great Dane Classic on Friday night at The Armory in New York City, the University of Pennsylvania men's indoor track and field team finished seventh. Sophomore Tim Carey, junior Efayomi Carr and the distance medley relay team all qualified for the IC4A's.
Connecticut won the meet with a score of 119.50. Albany, the meet host, was second with 84 points, followed by Villanova's 63 points.Penn finished with 37 points.
Carey reached the IC4A mark with a sixth-place finish in the 500 meters. He crossed the finish line in 1:04.27 to earn three points for the Quakers. Carey also reached the finals of the 60-meter hurdles where he placed seventh for another two points. Carey was seventh in the preliminaries of the event at 8.33 and finished the final in 8.40.
Carr needed just his first jump to set a new collegiate best and qualify for the IC4A championships in the triple jump. His first leap landed at 14.48 meters (47 feet, 6 1/4 inches) which put him in second place after the first round and placed him fourth overall at the end of the night.
The distance medley relay team consisting of all freshman - Steve Piscatelli, Robby Harwood, Conor Nickel and Conner Paez - qualifed the Quakers for the IC4A championships with a fourth-place finish. Paez stopped the clock at 10:12.56 and added five more points to Penn's tally.
Freshman Maalik Reynolds and senior James Foreman added a pair of second-place finishes. Reynolds finished second in the high jump. Just one week after setting the school record in the event during his first collegiate meet, Reynolds surpassed the bar at 2.06 meters (6-09 ft.) to finish as the runner-up to Connecticut sophomore Noel James, who cleanly passed the bar at 2.11 meters.
Foreman was second in the pole vault. He was one of just six competitors to pass the bar at 4.65 meters (15-03 ft.). He finished behind Zachary Meverden from Connecticut, but won the tie-breaker over the remaining vaulters to earn the eight team points.
Senior Jeff Weinstein scored in the 3,000 meters. Weinstein finished in 8:33.44 to place fifth.
The 4x400-meter relay also added two points for the Quakers. The foursome finished third in their heat and placed ninth overall with a time of 3:20.61.
Next week, the Quakers head south to Annapolis, Md., as Navy hosts the Wesley Brown Invitational on Friday and Saturday.