STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Against some of the top competition in the region, the University of Pennsylvania men's indoor track and field team posted some impressive finishes Saturday at the PSU Northeast Challenge in State College, Pa., including a victory by the distance medley relay team.
In just the second meet of the season, and the first in more than a month, not all of the top Quakers were participating, but those who did had some encouraging finishes.
Junior Jeff Weinstein started the day off with an IC4A qualifying effort in the mile. In one of the first races of the day, Weinstein placed third - and was second among collegiate athletes - with a time of 4:13.30.
A short while later, freshman Tim Carey equaled Weinstein's feat with his IC4A qualifying time in the 500-meter dash. Carey placed fourth in the event with a time of 1:03.84, which was just over a second behind Aaron Younger's (Rutgers) meet-record setting time.
In the distance medley relay, the Quakers' foursome out ran Georgetown to the finish line. The team of topped the Hoyas by just over a second, reaching the IC4A time with a finish of 10:08.10.
Sophomore James Finucane became the third individual Quaker to reach the IC4A mark. In the 1,000 meters, Finucane crossed the finish line at 2:27.63. The time place him in 11th in the 30-man race and comfortably qualified him for the postseason meet.
In the 4x800 relay, the Quakers surpassed the IC4A time, coming across the line at 7:47.17, good enough for fourth place. Then, in the final event of the day, the 4x400 relay team also hit the IC4A time. The Quakers relay team, which consisted of mostly underclassmen, finished seventh with a time of 3:18.42.
Senior Jeremy Sinclair and freshman Michael Brown each reached the finals of the 60-meter hurdles and finished with identical times of 8.47 to tie for sixth. Brown just missed the IC4A qualifying time in the 200 meters, placing ninth at 22.57.
In the seldom-run 600-meter dash, freshman Aki Bajulaiye was sixth at 1:21.65.
Next up for the Quakers is a trip to New York City for the Great Dane Classic. The team will compete at The Armory on Friday.