Men's Track and Field in Fourth Place at Heptagonals




CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Junior John Carelli and sophomore James Foreman each scored for the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team on day one of the 2009 Indoor Heptagonal Championships. Penn currently stands in fifth place with one day of competition remaining at Harvard's Gordon Track in Cambridge, Mass.

After day one, Penn is in fourth place with 10 points. They trail Cornell (43.5 points), Princeton (32.5), Harvard (18) and are tied with Columbia. Most of the event finals are to take place Sunday. Sunday’s slate of events kicks off with the 60-meter hurdles portion of the heptathlon at 11 a.m., and ends with the mile relay at 4:05 p.m. The awards ceremony for the meet is scheduled shortly thereafter at 4:30 p.m.

Carelli was the runner-up in the long jump as he led the field after the qualifying round. His best effort of that round was his third and final jump, measuring 7.10 meters (23 feet, 3 1/2 inches). That mark stood as Carell's best for the remainder of the event and continued to lead the rest of the competition until the eventual winner, Cornell's Duane Teixeira, surpassed it on his second to last jump.

Foreman scored in the pole vault with a fifth-place finish. He was one of just three vaulters to surpass each height without a miss until the bar was raised to the five-meter mark. Unable to set a new career-best in the event, the Winfield, Ill., product finished at 4.90 meters (16-00 3/4 ft.) and will compete in the IC4A Championships.

Senior Joey Brown had the second-best time in the 60-meter preliminaries at 6.93 and will be joined by teammate Kevin Benjamin in the finals. Benjamin sprinted to a season-best 7.04 to reach the finals.

Junior Ben McKean qualified for the finals of the 500 meters. He finished eighth in the preliminary races with a time of 1:05.41.

Two more Quakers will race in the finals of the 60-meter hurdles. Senior Max Westman had the preliminaries' second-best time at 8.23 and junior Willie Harris ran to a finish of 8.38 for the sixth spot heading into the finals.

Westman also stands in fourth place in the heptathlon after the first day with 2,637 points. Most notably, he finished in a tie for first in the 60 meters (7.19) and was third in the long jump at 6.42 meters (21-00 3/4 ft.). Three more events remain for the final day.

Senior Bryan Scotland wasn't able to reach the Sunday race of the 1,000 meters, but he did qualify for the IC4A Championships next weekend with a season-best time of 2:27.92.


1. Cornell, 43.5

2. Princeton, 32.5

3. Harvard, 18

4. Columbia & Penn, 10

6. Dartmouth & Yale, 4

8. Brown, 2