NEW YORK, N.Y. - With 16 different members of the University of Pennsylvania men's indoor track and field team contributing to the scoring Friday at the Great Dane Classic, the Quakers placed fourth at New York City's historic Armory Track and Field Center.
Of the 27 teams that scored, Penn totaled 48 points, finishing just behind Philadelphia rival Villanova's 57 points and Delaware State's 58. Albany won the meet with 126 points.
In the first event of the day, Penn sophomore Austin Santillo and senior Brian Cullin each scored in the 5,000 meters. Santillo placed fourth with his time of 15:22.62, while Cullin was right on his hip, finishing fifth at 15:23.06.
Of the top three finishers in the mile, two of them were Quakers. Both junior Jeff Weinstein and sophomore James Finucane hit the finish line with IC4A qualifying times, placing only behind a meet-record finish from Albany's Sean Halpin. Weinstein topped his previous qualifying time with a finish of 4:11.07 to place second, while Finucane was right behind his teammate with a career-best effort of 4:13.32.
Sophomore Michael Cunningham tacked on five more points for the Red and Blue with a fourth-place showing in the 3,000 meters. Freshman Mike Kiley added three more points, placing sixth in the event. Cunningham finished at 8:41.67, while Kiley was at 8:49.05.
In the 55-meter hurdles, Tim Carey was just one of two freshman to reach the finals after his preliminary time of 7.86. In the finals, he duplicated that time to finish eighth.
Freshman Anthony Stroffolino's throw of 14.65 meters (48 feet, 3/4 inches) got him into the scoring of the shot put as he placed sixth. Meanwhile, in the pole vault, junior James Foreman placed fourth as he safely passed the bar at 4.65 meters (15-03 ft.) on his second attempt.
Led by three freshman and junior anchor Robert Dugger, the Quakers also scored in the distance medley relay as the foursome placed sixth with a time of 10:27.80.
In the day's final race, four more Quakers helped Penn into the scoring column. The 4x400 relay team, which consisted of three freshman and senior Ben McKean as the anchor, placed fifth with a team of 3:20.26 - just outside the IC4A qualifying time.
Next week, the Quakers head back to State College for the Penn State National meet at Ashenfelter Indoor Track. Penn was at the Nittany Lions' home facility on Jan. 9 for the PSU Northeast Challenge.