Six Compete for Men's Track and Field at Day One of NCAA Regionals


GREENSBORO, N.C. – Sophomore Darryll Oliver and freshman Brian Fulton each ran in the 800 meters for the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team on day one of the NCAA East Regional Championships Friday night. The 4x100-meter relay team also competed for the Quakers. With the conclusion of each of their respective races, the 2009 season concluded for all six of the Quakers who competed on day one. Two more will vie for a spot in the NCAA Championships on Saturday.

Oliver concluded a successful second outdoor season in the Red and Blue with a 15th-place finish of 1:50.28. He was fourth in his heat, and was just over a second behind the time needed to finish in the top-eight of the preliminary races and qualify for the finals. Friday's effort was the third-best of the season for Oliver. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native finishes the year in fourth place in the all-time Penn rankings after he won the 2009 Outdoor Heptagonal championship in the 800 meters.

In the same race, Fulton was 29th in the 37-man field with a time of 1:52.48. The West Chester, Pa., native finished fifth in the fourth heat. Fulton finishes his inaugural season at the NCAA Regionals after reaching the top-10 in the Penn record books in both the indoor and outdoor 800 meters.

The 4x100-meter relay team was unable to advance as the squad finished 16th. The team of seniors Kevin Benjamin, Joey Brown and Kevin Baidoo, and sophomore Alan Hill came across the finish line in a time of 41.97. The foursome was two seconds behind the last finals qualifying time and marked the end of the careers for three Quakers. This team completes their time in the Red and Blue with their names in the Penn record book. In winning the 2009 Outdoor Heptagonal championship at Franklin Field, they ran the fastest time for a Penn relay since 2002 and the eighth-fastest in the history of the program.

The Penn men still have two more athletes competing on Saturday. Junior Anthony Abitante will challenge for a spot at the NCAA Championships in the pole vault beginning at 3 p.m. Junior John Carelli will do the same in the triple jump starting at 5 p.m.

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