Men's Track & Field Represents Well at Texas Relays

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AUSTIN, Texas - At the 85th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team got an early glimpse at some of the top competition that awaits at the Penn Relays in the final weekend in April. This weekend, the Quakers' trip to Austin was highlighted by a top-10 finish in the 4x800-meter relay.

The Quakers faced some of the best competition in the nation at Mike A. Myers Stadium. The Texas Relays are the second largest meet in America, only behind the world's largest and oldest relay carnival, the Penn Relays, which the Quakers will host at Franklin Field from April 26-28.

Against some of the best 4x800-meter relay competition in the country on Thursday, Penn finished ninth. Freshman Thomas Tallerico, senior Michael Cunningham, junior John Foye and senior James Finucane combined to finish in 7:37.60. The Quakers were in a near dead-heat with LSU for eighth-place, but the Southeastern Conference foe crossed the finish eight-hundreths of a second sooner.

In the sprint medley relay on Friday, the Quakers had an equally impressive showing. Penn finished just seconds behind Houston, TCU and Kansas. Baylor topped USC to win the event. Sophomore Mason Smith ran the initial 200 meters and handed to senior Colin Donnelly for the next 200. Senior Brian Rosenthal took the baton for a lap and handed to senior Brian Fulton, who finished the last 800 meters and stopped the clock at 3:26.55.

The Quakers were a part of an NCAA Championship-caliber field in the distance medley relay on the final day of competition. Texas A&M topped the hosts to claim the 2012 Texas Relays title. Penn placed 12th behind Finucane, Rosenthal, Fulton and Cunningham's finish of 9:58.43.

Also on Thursday, Karl Ingram competed in the B Flight of the javelin and finished ninth overall. His first toss of the afternoon landed 58.41 meters away and qualified him for the finals. The sophomore then topped that mark on all three of his throws in the finals. He nearly reached 60 meters for the second time in as many weeks to start the season. His best toss measured 59.41 meters (194 feet, 11 inches).

Freshman Tom Timmins and junior Tim Carey represented the Red and Blue in the 400-meter hurdles. In a deep field, Timmins finished fourth in his heat and 28th overall with a time of 54.53. Carey posted a similar time with at 55.98 to finish 38th.

Junior Mike Kiley ran the steeplechase for the first time this year and nearly hit a personal record. He was just three seconds off that mark with his 11th-place finish of 9:28.32. Also on the first day of competition, senior Mike Vido was 13th in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:30.05.

On Friday, sophomore Maalik Reynolds went up against some familiar faces in the high jump. Reynolds faced much of the same competition at the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 10. The Atlanta, Ga., native cleared his second attempt on the opening bar and cleanly passed the bar on his first attempt at the next height. But that was the peak of his day with an eighth-place finish of 2.10 meters (6-10.75 ft.).

The Quakers return home to Franklin Field next weekend when they host the Penn Invite on Saturday, April 7.