Men's Track Places Fifth at Heps

Final Outdoor Heps Results

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Penn men's track & field team finished fifth at the Outdoor Heptagonal Championships, which concluded Sunday afternoon at Yale University.

The Quakers' lone Heps individual title came in the 800, where senior Tim Kaijala repeated as champion in an IC4A qualifying time of 1:50.46. It was Kaijala's eighth Heptagonal title of his career, his fifth in an individual event (he was also on three winning relay teams). Darryll Oliver finished sixth in the 800, clocking 1:51.58 which is also an IC4A qualifying time.

With Kaijala's win,the Quakers continued theirdominance in this event -- a Penn runner has won the outdoor 800 at Hepseach of the last five years, and seven times since 2000. Overall, Penn has had 14 champions in the 800 at the Outdoor Heptagonal Championships, more than any other school.

In the decathlon, Mike Hall and Kyle Calvo finished second and third, respectively. Hall scored a career-best 6,874 points, and finished just five points shy of champion Tim Wunderlich from Dartmouth. Calvo, meanwhile, put up 6,802 points for his third-place finish. both Hall and Calvo qualified for IC4As with their scores. Calvo also placed fifth individually in the long jump, covering 7.25 meters.

Max Westman finished second in the 110 hurdles with an IC4A qualifying time of 14.40 seconds, while Jeremy Sinclair was seventh in 15.29 seconds. Sinclair also placed fifth in the 400 hurdles in 53.91 seconds, which is an IC4A qualifier.

Kevin Benjamin placed third in the 200 in 21.91 seconds, followed by Joey Brown who was sixth in 22.36 seconds. Brown also competed in the 100 and finished fifth with an IC4A qualifying time of 10.84 seconds. In the 400, Andrew Anderson was fifth in 48.02 seconds (an IC4A qualifier) while Ben McKean was eighth in 49.62 seconds.

Alejandro Shepard placed fifth in the steeplechase, clocking 9:16.97.

Penn finished third in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays, both with IC4A qualifying times. The Quakers' 4x100 runners were Benjamin, Anderson, Alan Hill and Brown (they clocked 41.23 seconds); the 4x400 quartet was Anderson, Benjamin, Westman and Kaijala (they clocked 3:14.9).

In the field events, John Carelli led the way with a fourth-place finish in the triple jump; his distance (15.01m) was an NCAA regional qualifier. In the pole vault, James Foreman was sixth with an IC4A height of 4.80 meters, while Westman was seventh at 4.50 meters. Westmanwas also eighth in the javelin, with a long toss of 55.41 meters.

Cornell ran away with the team title, scoring 199 points to finish well ahead of second-place Princeton (128). No other team scored more than 100 points. Penn's fifth-place score was 67 points.

Next year's Outdoor Heptagonal Championships will be held at Penn's Franklin Field.