PHILADELPHIA - In the first meet of the new decade, the University of Pennsylvania men's indoor track and field team heads to State College for the PSU Northeast Challenge on Saturday.
The meet gets started at 11 a.m. with the men's weight throw, followed by the pole vault and long jump at noon. The first event on the track begins at noon with the mile run. The day will wrap up with the 4x400 relay at 6 p.m.
The Red and Blue will be looking for their first postseason qualifying times of the year. At this same meet a year ago, the Quakers posted four IC4A qualifying times.
The Quakers return 29 letterwinners - and lose just 11 - from a team that finished third at the outdoor Heptagonal championships in May. This includes two-time 2009 indoor All-Ivy honoree John Carelli, who earned the recognition with the heptagonal title in the triple jump and a runner-up finish in the long jump.
Formally the Penn State Open, the PSU Northeast Challenge will welcome many of the top teams on the East Coast, including, Albany, Connecticut, Colgate, Georgetown, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Seton Hall and St. Francis (PA) as well as Ivy League rival Cornell and host Penn State.
Results from the PSU Northeast Challenge can be found on PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of the meet.