Oliver, Foreman, Carey Qualify for NCAA Championships

Official Field: NCAA East Preliminary Round

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PHILADELPHIA - Juniors Darryll Oliver and James Foreman, and freshman Tim Carey will each represent the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team at the NCAA Preliminary Round, May 27-29 in Greensboro, N.C. The three Quakers were each among the NCAA Championship fields announced on Friday.

With the elimination of the NCAA Regional meets, the NCAA has instituted a championship meet that will extend over two weekends in a three-week span at three different sites. The first weekend is now known as the NCAA Preliminary Round and is broken up into two different sites - East (Greensboro, N.C.) and West (Austin, Texas), which host the NCAA first round and quarterfinal round in each event as well as some of the NCAA semifinals.

In each region, the top 48 marks in each event qualify for the NCAA Preliminary Rounds.

Oliver was ranked 17th in the East region to qualify in the 800 meters. His best time of the year came at the Penn Invite when he won the event with a time of 1:48.41. That effort stands as a career best for the Brooklyn, N.Y., native and is fourth-best in school history. The top time in the region this year was 1:46.74 by Penn State freshman Casimir Loxsom, while the final time to get into the championship meet was 1:50.17.

Foreman finished 24th in the East in the pole vault. The Community High School product set a personal best with his vault of 5.18 meters (17 feet) at the Penn Invite on April 3. With that performance at Franklin Field, Foreman became just the third Quaker in school history to cleanly surpass 17 feet in the event. The top jump in the region this year is 5.50 meters by Virginia Tech's Yavgeniy Olhovsky and Clemson's Xavier Tromp.

In his first season at the collegiate level, Carey finished the year ranked No. 18 in the 400-meter hurdles. His best time of the season also came at Franklin Field during the Penn Invite. Carey finished in a time of 51.35 which ranked seventh in the nation at the time and was the fifth-best performance in school history. The Sewell, N.J., native became the first Quaker since 1992 to break the 52-second barrier in the event. Johnny Dutch of South Carolina owns the region's best time of 49.48 while the final 400 hurdles time to qualify for the NCAA meet was 52.54.

The top 24 finishers in the first round advance to the quarterfinals where the top 12 will advance to compete in the semifinals and finals of the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., June 9-12.

The start lists for the NCAA East Preliminary Round will be released by the NCAA on Tuesday at 2 p.m. The meet begins Thursday at North Carolina A&T's Aggie Stadium in Greensboro, N.C. All three Quakers are scheduled to compete on that day with Carey competing in the NCAA First Round of the 400-meter hurdles and Oliver competing in the NCAA First Round in the 800 meters. Foreman will compete in the NCAA Quarterfinals of the pole vault.