PRINCETON, N.J. - An all underclassmen lineup finished fifth at the 2009 IC4A Outdoor Track and Field Championships for the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team on Sunday at Weaver Track Stadium in Princeton, N.J.
With the efforts of the 3,200-meter relay team and that of junior Anthony Abitante's fourth-place finish on Saturday in the pole vault, the Quakers finished with nine points and placed 29th overall. There were 52 teams that scored at the meet with Albany claiming the team title with 68 points. Many of the Quakers who have already advanced to the NCAA Regionals did not compete in their respective events at the IC4A Championships in order to prepare for the Regional event.
Three freshman and one sophomore made up the lineup that represented the Quakers in the IC4A championship final of the 3,200-meter relay. Freshman Michael Cunningham ran the first leg for the Red and Blue and handed off to fellow freshman James Finucane. The third leg was run by yet another freshman in Brian Fulton and the final 800 meters were left up to sophomore Darryll Oliver. When all was said and done, the team crossed the finish line in a total time of 7:33.06. Just a day earlier, the 3,200-meter relay team nearly broke the school record during the preliminaries, leading to the youngest group in the field to its fifth-place finish in the finals.
The relay team members were the only Quakers competing on the final day of competition at the IC4A Championships. However, nine members of the men's track and field team have qualified and advanced to the NCAA East Regional Championships in Charlotte, N.C., May 29-30. The top-three finishers in each relay at that meet will reach the NCAA Championships. Unfortunately, the 3,200-meter relay is not an NCAA Championship event.