Day One Recap
ITHACA, N.Y. - Sophomore Maalik Reynolds defended his indoor Heps title in the high jump to highlight the 2012 Heptagonal Indoor Championships for the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team. A trio of seniors and the 4x800-meter relay also scored for the Red and Blue at Cornell's Barton Hall Sunday afternoon.
Reynolds successfully defended his indoor Heps high jump title at 2.20 meters (7 feet, 2 1/2 inches). It marked his third first-place finish in three career Heptagonal meets - he also won the outdoor title in 2011.
Three Cornell jumpers, competing in their home facility, were the only competitors left with Reynolds after the first three heights. One member of the Big Red was eliminated at each of the next two heights and just one remained when the bar was raised to 2.17 meters. Reynolds and his Cornell counterpart, Montez Blair, each cleared it on their first attempt. Then at 2.20 meters, both missed on their first two tries. Blair missed again on his final jump and was eliminated. But Reynolds landed with the bar still up on his third attempt and clinched the title.
At the next height (2.24 meters), Reynolds attempted to set the facility record and extend his school record, but the bar fell on his three attempts.
Senior Brian Rosenthal got the Quakers into the scoring column in the 400 meters. He qualified for Championship Sunday with an eighth-place finish (50.82) in the preliminaries and then finished fifth in the finals. His time of 49.89 garnered the Quakers a pair of points.
Shortly thereafter, senior Brian Fulton finished sixth in the 800 meters to add to Penn's point total. He finished his two laps in a time of 1:52.42, which was comfortably ahead of the remainder of the field and secured a scoring spot.
Fulton was also a part of the 4x800 relay that finished fourth. Behind junior Robby Harwood, freshman Thomas Tallerico and freshman Mato Bekelja the Quakers crossed the finish line in 7:40.95.
Senior Efayomi Carr scored for the Quakers in the triple jump. He advanced to the finals with a jump of 14.21 meters (46-07.50 ft.). He then bested that mark on his second attempt in the finals. Carr landed at 14.31 meters (46-11.50 ft.) to secure a spot in the scoring. He finished sixth overall.
Princeton won the 2012 Heptagonal Indoor team title with 184 points. Cornell was second with 176. Between the three seniors, the 4x800 and Reynolds, the Quakers finished the meet with 17 points to place seventh.
For those that qualified, the IC4A Championships are up next in Boston, Mass., March 3-4.