PRINCETON, N.J. - Junior James Foreman and seniors John Carelli and Joe Ruzbarsky each scored for the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team Saturday on Day One of the 2010 Outdoor Heptagonal Championships at Weaver Stadium in Princeton, N.J. The Quakers sit in seventh place after the first day of competition, but there were 11 Quakers that qualified for Sunday's finals. Only one team - Cornell with 15 - qualified more athletes than Penn.
On a windy day in Princeton, only one competitor bested Foreman's effort of 4.90 meters (16 feet, 3/4 inches) as he finished in a three-way tie for second. The Winfield, Ill., native missed just twice en route to his attempt at the bar at 5.00 meters. Both of his misses came at 4.80 meters, but Foreman stayed in the competiton, clearing that bar on his final attempt. With those two misses, Foreman lost the tie-breaker to one competitor, but topped the other to finish in third. He was one of just two competitors to attempt the bar at 5.00 meters as he passed at 4.95, but his day ended when the bar fell on his third attempt at that height.
In what was potentially the final long jump competition of his career, Carelli saved his best for last. With a competitive field, the Allentown, Pa., native needed to match a personal best just to score at the meet. He did exactly that. Carelli matched the longest jump of his career on his first attempt, leaping 7.14 meters (23-5.25 ft.). It placed him sixth, earning Penn's first point of the meet.
Junior Alan Hill and seniors Ben McKean and Jeremy Sinclar each joined Carelli with career-best efforts at the team's most important meet so far this season. Hill qualified for the finals of the 100 meters with a personal-record time of 10.91, finishing second in a wind-aided heat and fourth overall heading into Championship Sunday. McKean nearly broke 48 seconds for the first time in his career in the 400 meters. He had the fifth-fastest qualifying time with his effort of 48.01, reaching Sunday's final at 2:10 p.m., along with sophomore teammate Brian Rosenthal who finished eighth in the trials with an IC4A qualifying time of 48.41.
Penn was impressive in the hurdles events. Led by Sinclair's personal-best performance of 14.77, three of the eight qualifiers in the 110-meter hurdles were wearing the Red and Blue striped uniform. Sinclair won his heat and had the second-best qualifying time while reaching the IC4A mark. But he was closely followed by freshman Tim Carey who was second to Sinclair in their heat and third overall at 14.84. Freshman Michael Brown, running the event for just the second time in his career, also reached the finals with a sixth-place qualifying time of 15.16.
A little more than 30 minutes later, all three performed the same feat in the 400-meter hurdles. Once again, all three reached the finals as Carey had the fastest time of the day at 52.51, Sinclair was fifth at 53.25 and Brown was eighth at 54.19.
Penn had two more qualifiers in the 800 meters. Like Carey, junior Darryll Oliver posted the day's top qualifying time. In a tight finish, Oliver finished his two laps in 1:51.15 towin his heat by four-hundreths of a second. Meanwhile, sophomore Brian Fulton was second in his heat and finished in 1:52.80, which placed him eighth and qualified him for Sunday's finals by one-tenth of a second over Dartmouth freshman Anthony Romaniw.
Senior Joe Ruzbarsky scored in the javelin for the Quakers. His first throw was his best as it measured 51.93 meters (170-04 ft.). It put him in fourth place after the first round of throws and by competitions end, Ruzbarsky was still in the scoring, placing sixth.
A complete recap of the second day of competition at the 2010 Outdoor Heptagonal Championships will be available on PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of the day's events.
Day One Men's Team Standings
1. Cornell, 35
2. Princeton, 33
3. Dartmouth, 28
4. Harvard, 22
5. Brown, 19
6. Yale, 10
7. Penn, 8
8. Columbia, 0