Men's Track and Field Readies for Heptagonals

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PHILADELPHIA - With the indoor track and field season winding down for the 2008-09 season, the University of Pennsylvania men’s track and field team heads to Cambridge, Mass., to compete in the Heptagonal Indoor Track and Field Championships Feb. 28-March 1.

Events at the Gordon Track, located on the campus of Harvard University, begin on Saturday at 1:10 p.m. with the 60 meters portion of the heptathlon and conclude with the 3,000 meters at 6:25 p.m. Meanwhile, Sunday’s slate of events kicks off with the 60-meter hurdles portion of the heptathlon at 10 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.

Penn will be bringing a young squad to the event as more than half of the Quakers traveling to the meet are underclassmen.

"We are very young, but this is an opportunity for us to see what they can do and for them to make a splash," said head coach Charlie Powell. "It will be a good chance for the freshmen to see the intensity that surrounds the atmosphere, the environment and the competition at this meet."

In the League's championship event last year in Ithaca, N.Y., Cornell saw much success on its home track en route to winning their ninth overall Indoor Heptagonals crown. Penn, with one individual champion last season, finished the weekend in fifth place.

The Quakers travel to Cambridge after a fourth-place team finish at the Virginia Duals on Feb. 14. Freshman Brian Fulton (800 meters), junior John Carelli (triple jump) and sophomore Luke Grau (3000 meters) all won individual titles with season-best performances. In addition, senior Bryan Scotland reached an IC4A qualifying time in the 800 meters, while the 1,600-meter relay team improved on its own IC4A benchmark in placing second to Wake Forest University.

Complete results from the meet will be available on PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of each day’s events.