Day One Recap
BOSTON, Mass. - Junior Maalik Reynolds finished second on a tiebreaker in the high jump at Sunday's 2013 Indoor Heptagonal Championships. The University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team finished seventh overall at Harvard's Gordon Track.
Reynolds, a four-time Heps champion, matched Cornell's Montez Blair throughout the competition. Reynolds passed on the first four bars. At that point, there were only four competitors remaining, including freshman teammate Thomas Pitt. Reynolds cleared 2.12 meters (6 feet, 11 1/2 inches) on his first attempt of the day. Pitt passed at 2.12 meters and finished fourth overall in his inaugural Heps meet with a clearance of 2.08 meters (6-09.75 ft.).
Reynolds and Blair were the only two left when the bar was raised to 2.16 meters (7-01 ft.). Blair was over on his second attempt and Reynolds kept the event going when he cleared the bar on his third and final jump. However, neither competitor was able to cleanly pass the bar at 2.20 meters and Blair took home the Heps title with fewer misses on the previous bar.
Junior Jake Brenza scored in the shot put and nearly matched his career-best - and the fourth-best throw in school history. His first toss landed at 16.52 meters (54-02.50 ft.). That was just seven centimeters short of his personal best and placed him second after the first throw. That remained his best toss and held up for fifth place overall.
Sophomore Tom Timmins ran for a Heps title in the 500 meters and tallied six points for the Quakers with a third-place finish. Timmins finished in 1:04.16 - which was just three-hundreths off his personal best time which also ranks eighth all-time at Penn.
Junior Mato Bekelja, who reached Sunday's final of the 800 meters with the 10th-fastest time in school history, garnered another two points for the Red and Blue with a fifth-place finish of 1:53.05.
Penn also scored in the 4x400-meter relay. Seniors Allante Keels and Tim Carey took the first 800 meters and freshman Harrison Scharf handed to Timmins for the anchor leg. The foursome finished in 3:22.40 to place fourth.
On Day One, freshman Thomas Awad earned two points for the Quakers in his first career Heptagonal race. He won his section of the 3,000 meters with the fifth-best time in school history. His collegiate-best effort of 8:10.20 held in the scoring and placed him fifth overall. It also marked the fastest 3,000 by a Quaker since Nolan Tully ran 8:06.73 in 2005.
The Quakers finished seventh as a team with 28 points. Cornell won the team title with 157 points followed by Princeton's 156.