BOSTON, Mass. - Freshman Maalik Reynolds won the IC4A title in the high jump, junior James Finucane posted the fifth-best mile time in school history and the distance medley relay team finished third at the IC4A's for the University of Pennsylvania men's indoor track and field team Sunday inside the Boston University Track and Tennis Center in Boston, Mass.
Penn placed 14th as a team - its best since finishing 13th in 2004. There were 52 schools that scored at the meet. The Quakers finished with 21 points, the second-most of any Ivy League school (Cornell finished in 13th with one more point). Connecticut won the meet with 73.50 points.
Reynolds claimed the IC4A title when he cleared the bar at 2.17 meters (7 feet, 1.5 inches) on his final attempt. The day almost ended much earlier for the Westminster School product. He was down to his third attempt at 2.09 meters, but passed the bar untouched to advance. On his second attempt at 2.13 meters, he was one of five competitors to clear the bar. Reynolds was the only one of them to surpass the next height.
Reynolds, who claimed the Indoor Heps title in the event a week ago, had three tries with the bar at 2.24 meters, but came up just short. That height would have set a facility record and a school record.
Finucane earned five points for the Quakers with a career-best effort. He placed fourth with a time of 4:06.84. Since 1983, only one member of the Red and Blue program (Courtney Jaworski in 2006) has clocked a faster indoor mile. It also places the Chambersburg, Pa., native fifth in the all-time Penn record books. Finucane qualified for the mile after he won his heat with the fifth-best time in the preliminaries (4:10.73).
The distance medley relay team garnered six more points for the Quakers. Senior Darryll Oliver took the first leg and handed to junior Brian Rosenthal. Freshman Robby Harwood then gave the baton to sophomore Matt Chylak for the anchor leg. Chylak was side-by-side with Delaware and Duquesne. The Red and Blue uniform crossed the finish line at 9:50.13. Duquesne was just a stride ahead at 9:49.72 and Delaware was deemed to cross just one-tenth of a second before Chylak and the Quakers placed third. Sophomore Seck Barry and freshman Steve Piscatelli were among the DMR team that qualified for the finals on Saturday.
Sophomore Tim Carey just missed the finals of the 60-meter hurdles. With the top nine finishers advancing, Carey placed 10th with a time of 8.22.
On the first day of competition, senior captain Alan Hill, who moved into seventh-place in Penn's all-time record book a week ago, finished the 60 meters in 7.10 to place 33rd in the region. Sophomore Trevor Cordivari was 23rd in the 500 meters as he matched a career-best at 1:04.92.
Also on Saturday, senior Luke Grau missed the scoring in the 3,000 meters by eight-tenths of a second. He finished ninth at 8:18.20 and freshman Conner Paez was 20th at 8:24.37. In the 1,000 meters, junior Michael Cunningham and sophomore Matt Chylak finished 15th and 16th, respectively. The two crossesd the finish line side-by-side at 2:27.29 and 2:27.33.
The outdoor season is just two weeks away. The Quakers open the 2011 outdoor campaign March 18-19 at the Wake Forest Open in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Penn at the IC4As
60 meters: 33-Hill (7.10)
60-meter hurdles: 10-Carey (8.22)
500 meters: 23-Cordivari (1:04.92)
1,000 meters: 15-Cunningham (2:27.29), 16-Chylak (2:27.33)
Mile: 4-Finucane (4:10.73p, 4:06.84f)
3,000 meters: 9-Grau (8:18.20), 20-Paez (8:24.37)
High Jump: 1-Reynolds (2.17m)
Distance Medley Relay: 3-Penn (9:55.53p, 9:50.13f)