NEW YORK, N.Y. - Sophomore Maalik Reynolds matched his indoor school record and won the high jump for the third straight meet, while senior Brian Fulton, senior Michael Cunningham and the distance medley relay reached IC4A qualifying marks for the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team at the Great Dane Classic Friday night. Penn finished 11th as a team at the Armory Track and Field Center.
There were 26 teams that scored at the meet and the Quakers finished just outside the Top 10 with 25 points. Only two teams scored more than 50 points as Connecticut won the meet with 119.
Reynolds was twice down to his last jump, but won the meet and matched his indoor school record at 2.21 meters (7 feet, 3 inches). He started by clearing the bar at 2.01 meters on his first jump. Then at 2.11 and 2.16 meters, he passed the bar on his final attempt to advance. He won the meet at the next height. The Atlanta, Ga., native was the only competitor to clear that height and did so on his first attempt. He just missed on extending his record to 2.24 meters.
In addition, junior transfer Ikechi Nnamani, also cleared the bar at 2.01 meters to finish fifth for the Quakers. It was a new indoor collegiate-best for the Bloomington, Ill., native. It took him just four attempts to clear his first three bars.
Cunningham secured a spot at the IC4A Indoor Championships with his seventh-place effort in the mile. He was less than a second from fourth-place with a time of 4:13.25. Fulton accomplished the same feat in the 800 meters. He was sixth in the event with a time of 1:52.85.
Cunningham and Fulton were also a part of the distance medley relay that reached the IC4A qualifying time. Juniors Michael Brown and Matt Chylak completed the team and took the Quakers across the finish line in 10:19.21. It placed Penn fifth at the meet and earned the Quakers four more team points.
Freshman Mato Bekelja scored for the Red and Blue in the 1,000 meters. He finished second in his heat with a time of 2:32.61. That mark placed him seventh overall.
Next week the Quakers will head to State College, Pa., for the Penn State National Invitational, Jan. 27-28.