STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - In one of the biggest meets of the weekend, the University of Pennsylvania men's indoor track and field team qualified six more individuals for the IC4A Championships at the Penn State National in State College, Pa.
Running the 800 meters for the first time this season, sophomore James Finucane nearly reached the IC4A time with his finish of 1:56.58. He placed 25th in the event, but was just a second and a half from reaching the postseason in his third event. Finucane has already qualified for the IC4A's in the mile and 1,000 meters.
Freshman Tim Carey was more fortunate in the 200 meters. In his first attempt in the event this year, Carey barely clipped the time needed to reach IC4A's. His ninth-place finish - he was second among underclassmen - timed out at 22.22, just two-hundreths of a second better than the qualifying time.
Junior Jeff Weinstein, who had previously made the IC4A time in the mile earlier this season, did so on Saturday in the 1,000 meters. His time of 2:25.94 was fourth in the event and places him fourth all-time at Penn.
In the mile, sophomore Michael Cunningham put together the best performance by a Quaker in the event this season. His time of 4:10.36 was easliy an IC4A qualifier as he placed ninth in the event that saw Binghamton's Erik van Ingen crack the four-minute barrier at 3:59.58.
In his first meet of the season, junior Luke Grau had an impressive run in the 3,000 meters. He clocked out at 8:20.00 - the sixth fastest time in school history - to finish fifth and become the fifth member of the Red and Blue to qualify for the postseason at the meet.
Also in his first meet of 2010, senior John Carelli tied for seventh in the triple jump with an IC4A-leap of 14.88 meters (48 feet, 10 inches). All six of Carelli's jumps were over the IC4A standard.
On Friday, junior James Foreman had his best day in the pole vault so far this season. He reached the IC4A qualifying height of 4.80 meters (15-09 ft.), finishing ninth in the event.
Next weekend, the Quakers head to New Haven, Conn., for the Geigengack Invitational on Friday and Saturday.