Men's Track and Field Finishes Fifth at The Armory


NEW YORK, N.Y. -Freshman Maalik Reynolds won the high jump to highlight Saturday night for the University of Pennsylvania men's indoor track and field team en route to a fifth-place finish at the Armory Invitational in New York City.

Penn finished with 62 points. Virginia won the meet with 99 points, followed by Army, Albany and Columbia.

Reynolds, the school-record holder in the event, won the high jump for the second time this year. He was one of three to clear the bar at 2.08 meters (6 feet, 9 3/4 inches). Reynolds won the tiebreaker with just two misses to take the event title.

Three Quakers posted IC4A marks in the mile. Junior James Finucane and senior Jeff Weinstein each scored in the event with seventh and eight-place finishes, respectively. Finucane had the best finish of his career with an effort of 4:09.59 - less than a second away from moving into Penn's all-time record book. Weinstein had his best time of the year as he crossed the finish line in 4:12.07. Sophomore John Foye also reached the IC4A standard with a career-best effort of 4:13.97 and finished 11th overall.

Senior Luke Grau had his best effort of 2011 in the 3,000 meters as he and freshman Connor Paez each scored in the event for the Quakers. Grau was sixth at 8:21.91, while Paez also posted broke the IC4A qualifying mark with a seventh-place showing of 8:25.10.

Seniors Taylor Neason and Darryll Oliver each scored for the Quakers in the 500 meters. Oliver was fourth in his heat and finished sixth overall at 1:05.93, while Neason was eighth overall at 1:06.38.

In the 800 meters, sophomore Matt Chylak improved upon his IC4A qualifying time with a career-best effort. His time of 1:53.25 placed him first in his heat and eighth overall.

Sophomore Michael Cunningham ran in the 1,000 meters for the first time this season and qualified for the IC4A championships. His time of 2:27.50 placed him fourth overall.

Junior Efayomi Carr scored in the triple jump and the long jump. He was fifth in the long jump with a leap of 6.44 meters (21-01.50 ft.) and fourth in the triple jump when his third jump measured 14.04 meters (46-00.75 ft.).

Both the 4x400-meter relay (3:18.79) and the 4x800-meter relay (7:43.15) teams each finished second.

Junior Brian Rosenthal scored in the 400 meters. His time of 49.53 placed him fifth.

Freshman Jake Brenza scored in the shot put. He was sixth with a toss of 14.80 meters (48-06.75 ft.).

In two weeks, the Quakers return to the Armory for the 2011 Indoor Heptagonal Championships.