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GREENSBORO, N.C. - Junior Darryll Oliver advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals of the 800 meters on Thursday at the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Greensboro, N.C., while the season did come to an end for the University of Pennsylvania's two other men's track and field NCAA qualifiers.
Freshman Tim Carey and junior James Foreman each completed successful 2010 campaigns, while Oliver will compete in the NCAA Quarterfinals at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.
Oliver advanced past the NCAA First Round by the slimmest of margins. Running in by far the fastest heat of the event, Oliver finished sixth. Only the top three in each heat automatically qualify for the quarterfinals, so Oliver had to wait to see if his time of 1:49.70 would hold up as one of the next six fastest times. It did, but just barely. Of the 24 runners to advance, Oliver's time ranked 21st, but he was the final non-automatic qualifier to earn a berth in the next round. For that final spot, he edged out Florida State's Nathan Duby by one-tenth of a second.
Carey's highly successful freshman campaign came to an end on Thursday. Suffering from a hamstring injury for the past few weeks, the Sewell, N.J., native attempted to run at the NCAA meet, but was clearly hampered by the injury. He finished 46th in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 58.36. Heading into the meet, Carey did not have a time higher than 52.65 all season. Carey finished his first season in the Red and Blue with two All-Ivy honors and one heptagonal championship (60-meter hurdles). He is also already in the top 10 all-time at Penn in five events.
In his first NCAA appearance, Foreman passed at the first height of 4.80 meters in the pole vault. When the bar moved to 4.95 meters (16 feet, 2 3/4 inches), he was one of eight competitors that was unable to clear the bar. It concluded a season in which Foreman became just the third Quaker in the school's history to surpass 17 feet in the pole vault. He also earned outdoor All-East recognition with a third-place finish at the IC4A Championships. He will enter his senior season ranked third all-time at Penn in the outdoor pole vault and eighth all-time in the indoor pole vault.
A full recap will be available at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of each day's events.