Men's Track & Field Set for Heps This Weekend

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PHILADELPHIA – Six meets have led up to and prepared the University of Pennsylvania men’s track and field team for the 2012 Heptagonal Indoor Championships at Cornell's Barton Hall in Ithaca, N.Y., Feb. 25-26.

The Ivy League championship meet will kick off Saturday at 11 a.m. with the weight throw finals and will conclude at 4:45 p.m with the high jump. On Sunday, the first event is the 60-meter hurdles at 11 a.m. and concludes with the 4x400-meter relay finals. At Heptagonals, only the top-six finishers score in each event.

Penn has three markings in the top-six of the Ivy League. Sophomore Maalik Reynolds, defending champion of last year’s indoor and outdoor Heptagonal high jumps, is the favorite in the high jump with his league-leading jump of 2.23 meters (7 feet 3 3/4 inches). Junior Ikechi Nnamani is also a potential scorer as he ranks sixth in the Ivies in the high jump with his performance of 2.01 meters at the Great Dane Classic.

In the 400 meters, Brian Rosenthal is sixth in the league with his season-best time of 49.38 at the Yale Giegengack Invitational.

As for the team events, Penn is top six in three major events, including third in the 4x800-meter relay and second in the distance medley relay. The Quakers are also sixth in the 4x400-meter relays.

Last year, Reynolds captured the Heptagonal title at the historic Armory in New York City, while Penn finished fifth overall in the event with Princeton winning the team title.

A full recap of the 2012 Heptagonal Indoor Championships will be available at PennAthletics.com shortly after the completion of each day's events.