Day One Recap
PHILADELPHIA - Sophomore high jumper Maalik Reynolds won his fourth Heps title on Sunday during the 2012 Outdoor Heptagonal Championships as the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team finished sixth in the team standings on Sunday.
Reynolds has competed in two indoor and two outdoor Heptagonal meets during his collegiate career. He has won the high jump at all of them. The four-time champion defended his outdoor title without a miss. He passed on four of the first six heights and only one other jumper remained when the bar was moved to 2.16 meters. Both landed safely on their first attempt. Reynolds left the bar intact at 2.19 meters, but Cornell's Montez Blair knocked it down on all three of his jumps to give Reynolds the title. The Atlanta, Ga., native moved the bar to 2.24 meters (7 feet, 4 1/4 inches) and cleared on his second try. He went for the school record at 2.30 meters, but was just short on his three attempts.
Sophomore Jake Brenza had the biggest impact on the Penn record books though. In the shot put, his fifth-place mark of 17.25 meters (56-07.25 ft.) is now third all-time at Penn and the best for any Quaker since 1981. The Camp Hill, Pa., native shattered his previous personal best - which was set last week at the 118th Penn Relays - by nearly four feet. In fact, he matched or surpassed his previous PR on four of his throws and is now just one of four Penn athletes to ever reach 56 feet in the event.
Not long before Reynolds claimed the Heptagonal championship, Penn's 4x100-meter relay gained some points on the track. Freshman Brent Jules took the lead leg and seniors Efayomi Carr and Colin Donnelly bridged the gap to sophomore Mason Smith on the anchor leg. Smith stopped the clock for the Quakers at 41.81. For a group that continued to cut time throughout the year, it was yet another season-best for the foursome and improved upon their IC4A qualifying mark.
Junior Tim Carey had an All-Ivy performance in the 400-meter hurdles. He was the runner-up after a strong finish propelled him into second. A two-time NCAA East qualifier in the event, Carey finished in a season-best time of 52.71. When the honors are announced on Monday, this will be the third individual event in which Carey has earned All-Ivy (60-meter hurdles and 110-meter hurdles).
After Carr helped the Quakers score in the 4x100 relay, he added another point in the triple jump. He had a leap of 14.21 meters that advanced him into the finals. Then on his second-to-last attempt, he landed at 14.50 meters (47-07 ft.) to secure a place among the scorers.
In addition to Reynolds' title in the high jump, the Quakers had two other scorers in the event. Junior Ikechi Nnamani and sophomore Nate Harriger both cleared 1.99 meters (6-06.25 ft.) to finish in a four-way tie for fifth.
The Quakers also scored in the 4x800-meter relay. Junior Matt Chylak, freshman Mato Bekelja and seniors Ryan Cunningham and Brian Fulton combined to finish in 7:27.96 to place sixth.
Fulton and senior Brian Rosenthal each finished just outside the scoring in their respective events. Rosenthal was seventh in the 400 meters with a time of 49.06 and Fulton finished in the same spot in the 800 meters at 1:51.07. Senior Jeff Seddon was eighth in the 110-meter hurdles with a finish of 15.55.
The Quakers finished sixth with a total of 37.5 points. Princeton won the 2012 Outdoor Heptagonal team title with 193 points and Cornell was the runner-up with 161.75.
Postseason competition continues for the Quakers next week when the qualifiers head to Princeton, N.J., for the IC4A Championships at Weaver Stadium, May 11-13.