Men's Track & Field Set for Heps This Weekend

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PHILADELPHIA – Saturday and Sunday mark the culmination of week's of prepartion for the University of Pennsylvania men’s track and field team as they head to the 2013 Heptagonal Indoor Championships at Harvard's Gordon Track in Cambridge, Mass., Feb. 23-24.

The Ivy League championship meet will kick off Saturday at 11 a.m. with the women's pole vault and weight throw finals and will conclude at 8 p.m with the final two events of the pentathlon. On Sunday, the first event is the men's high jump at 10:30 a.m. and concludes with the 4x400-meter relay finals at 4:15 p.m.

At Heptagonals, only the top-six finishers score in each event. Entering the weekend, Penn has nine markings in the top-six of the Ivy League.

Junior Maalik Reynolds, two-time defending champion of the indoor and outdoor Heptagonal high jumps, is the one of the favorites again in the high jump with his season-best effort last week of 2.16 meters (7 feet, 1 inch). Freshman Thomas Pitt is also a potential scorer as he ranks sixth in the Ivies in the high jump with his performance of 2.06 meters at Penn State on Feb. 2.

A pair of Quakers rank among the favorites to score in the 500 meters. Sophomore Tom Timmins owns the third-fastest time in the league this year at 1:04.13, while freshman teammate Tim Hamlett is not far behind with a season-best mark of 1:04.35.

Sophomore Nick Straughn and junior Jake Brenza are also projected scorers for the Red and Blue. Straughn posted the league's sixth-best triple jump this season when he landed at 14.13 meters (46-04.25 ft.) in the season-opening meet at Lehigh. Brenza also posted his best mark - and the fifth-best among Ivy athletes this year - at the season-opener at Lehigh. His toss measured 16.59 meters (54-05.25 ft.).

As for the team events, Penn is in the top six in all three relay events, including second in the 4x800-meter relay and third in the 4x400. The Quakers also enter the meet ranked fifth in the distance medley relay.

Last year, Reynolds defended his indoor Heps title in the high jump to highlight the meet for Penn. A trio of seniors and the 4x800-meter relay also scored for the Red and Blue as the Quakers finished seventh as a team at Cornell's Barton Hall.

A full recap of the 2013 Heptagonal Indoor Championships will be available at shortly after the completion of each day's events.