PHILADELPHIA - Sophomore Darryll Oliver won the 800 meters and qualified for the IC4A Championships for the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team as the Quakers hosted the Penn Invite at Franklin Field on Saturday. The 400-meter relay and the 3,200-meter relay teams for the Red and Blue also finished first.
Oliver, who missed all but the opening meet of the indoor season due to injury, reached the IC4A mark in just his second race since his return. He outraced the 92 runners in the field with a finish of 1:51.76. Senior Bryan Scotland was the runner-up, coming in shortly after Oliver at 1:53.72.
The Quakers' 400-meter relay team finished first and qualified for the IC4A Championships with a time of 42.17. This is already the second relay to reach the IC4A's for the Red and Blue with the 1,600-meter relay doing so last week at the Navy Invite. The 3,200-meter relay finished just ahead of Navy at 7:44.29 for the win in their event.
Senior Joey Brown was fourth in the 100 meters. Running into the wind, the native of Lawrenceville, N.J., was just one-tenth from hitting the IC4A mark. He finished in a time of 10.95 to become the first Quaker to break 11 seconds in the event thus far this season. Sophomore Alan Hill placed eighth in the event, crossing the finish line in a season-best 11.24. Brown was also fourth in the 200 meters, finishing in 22.03.
Penn found success under the Franklin Field lights with a fourth and fifth-place finishers in the 5,000 meters. In one of the final events of the day, juniors Kevin Sullivan and Brian Cullin finished in 15:15.43 and 15:19.10, respectively, to claim top-five honors.
In the 400-meter hurdles, senior Doug McPherson and junior Jeremy Sinclair placed fifth and seventh, respectively. McPherson finished in 56.02, while Sinclair stopped the clock shortly after at 56.14.
Junior Joe Ruzbarsky had his best effort of the young outdoor season, launching the javelin 54.87 meters (180 feet). The measurement placed him fifth in the event.
Senior Andrew McMillen was seventh in the shot put on South Field. It was his first time in the event this season with his best toss measuring out at 14.29 meters (46-10.75 feet).
Freshman Efayomi Carr was eighth in the long jump. With the wind, Carr jumped to 13.54 meters (44-05.25 ft.) for a top-eight finish.
Next weekend the Quakers head to New Jersey for a quad meet at Princeton University on Saturday. The team will also be at Princeton a week later for the Larry Ellis Invitational on April 17-18.