PHILADELPHIA Six members of the University of Pennsylvania men’s track and field team earned First-Team Outdoor All-Ivy honors, along with two second-team honorees for their performances at the 2009 Outdoor Heptagonal Championships at Franklin Field May 9-10. Only one other team had more first-team members than the Quakers.
Senior Joey Brown garnered both first and second team honors with a first-place finish as a part of Penn’s winning 400-meter relay team and with a second-place showing in the 100 meters. Seniors Kevin Benjamin, Kevin Baidoo, and Max Westman, and sophomores Darryll Oliver and Alan Hill all joined Brown on the 2009 outdoor first team. Junior pole vaulter Anthony Abitante earned second team merits.
Benjamin, Brown, Hill and Baidoo all earned the first team distinction for their winning lap in the 400-meter relay. It took the eighth-best time in school history (40.83) to claim the Heptagonal Championship, but the Quakers earned a trip to the NCAA Regionals with the program’s second win in three years in the event.
Westman capped a successful Heptagonal weekend when he clinched the decathlon late Sunday afternoon. Westman won five of the ten events, totaling 7,128 points which was the third-highest point total ever achieved at the Heptagonal Championships.
Oliver continued Penn’s string of impressive Heptagonal performances. He broke his career-best on two occasions in the 800 meters en route to winning the event by 19-hundreths of a second.
Abitante’s distinction came after he finished one centimeter shy of setting a new career mark in his second-place finish. He was also just short of clearing the bar at 5.20 meters the eventual winning height which would have also been the first time in his collegiate career that he surpassed the 17-feet.
The Penn men finished third at the 2009 Outdoor Heptagonals the team’s highest finish since placing in a tie for second in 2005. The team’s six Heptagonal champions were the most for the Quakers since that same number accomplished the feat in a second-place finish in 2004.
The NCAA Championships are on the horizon and there are nine Quakers that have put themselves in a position to reach the national championship meet. The 400-meter relay team, Westman (decathlon), junior John Carelli (triple jump), and Oliver and freshman Brian Fulton (800 meters) have all qualified for the NCAA East Regional Championships May 29-30.
FIRST-TEAM ALL-IVY LEAGUE
100m Dash Stefan Vutescu, Columbia (Jr., Bucharest, Romania)
200m Dash Austin Hollimon, Princeton (Fr., Decatur, Ga.)
400m Dash Mike Eddy, Princeton (Soph., Asheboro, N.C.)
800m Run Darryll Oliver, Penn (Soph., Brooklyn, N.Y.)
1,500m Run Michael Maag, Princeton (Sr., Lake Oswego, Ore.)
5,000m Run Michael Maag, Princeton (Sr., Lake Oswego, Ore.)
10,000m Run Zac Hine, Cornell (Sr., South Hadley, Mass.)
100m Hurdles Matt Jasmin, Brown (Sr., Middletown, N.Y.)
400m Hurdles Justin Grinstead, Harvard (Jr., Orilla, Ont.)
Steeplechase Jeff Randall, Columbia (Sr., Eugene, Ore.)
High Jump Garrett Huyler, Cornell (Sr., Marlboro, N.Y.)
Pole Vault Nico Weiler, Harvard (Fr., Stuttgart, Germany)
Long Jump Duane Teixeira, Cornell (Jr., Melrose, Mass.)
Triple Jump Duane Teixeira, Cornell (Jr., Melrose, Mass.)
Shot Put Eric Plummer, Princeton (Jr., Plainfield, N.J.)
Discus Throw Bryan Powlen, Brown (Sr., Kewanna, Ind.)
Hammer Throw Alex Pessala, Princeton (Sr., Westbury, N.Y.)
Javelin Throw Craig Kinsley, Brown (Soph., Fairfield, Conn.)
Decathlon Max Westman, Penn (Sr., Bala Cynwyd, Pa.)
4×100m Relay Penn Kevin Benjamin (Sr., Sugarland, Texas), Joey Brown (Sr., Lawrenceville, N.J.), Alan Hill (Soph., Dover, Del.), Kevin Baidoo (Sr., Bala Cynwyd, Pa.)
4×400m Relay Princeton Ian Thomson (Sr., San Francisco, Calif.), Brian Li-A-Ping (Jr., New York, N.Y.), Austin Hollimon (Fr., Decatur, Ga.), Mike Eddy (Soph., Asheboro, N.C.)
SECOND-TEAM ALL-IVY LEAGUE
100m Dash Joey Brown, Penn (Sr., Lawrenceville, N.J.)
200m Dash Nathan Crabtree, Cornell (Sr., Bend, Ore.)
400m Dash Austin Hollimon, Princeton (Fr., Decatur, Ga.)
800m Run Jeff Moriarty, Columbia (Soph., Westwood, Mass.)
1,500m Run Tom Robbins, Dartmouth (Soph., Evanston, Ill.)
5,000m Run Dan Chenoweth, Harvard (Soph., Geneseo, Ill.)
10,000m Run Nate Edelman, Cornell (Soph., Memphis, Tenn.)
100m Hurdles Chris Vasich, Princeton (Sr., Naperville, Ill.)
400m Hurdles Tom Zozokos, Princeton (Jr., Sleepy Hollow, Ill.)
Steeplechase Adrien Dannemiller, Cornell (Soph., Martinsville, Ind.)
High Jump Samuel Fox, Yale (Sr., Wakefield, R.I.)
Pole Vault Anthony Abitante, Penn (Jr., Berkeley Heights, N.J.)
Long Jump Reynolds Holmes, Yale (Jr., Los Angeles, Calif.)
Triple Jump Gary Jones, Cornell (Sr., Webster, N.Y.)
Shot Put Bryan Powlen, Brown (Sr., Kewanna, Ind.)
Discus Throw Nate Noll, Yale (Sr., Avon, Ohio)
Hammer Throw Craig Pearce, Princeton (Soph., Woonsocket. R.I.)
Javelin Throw Tim Wunderlich, Dartmouth (Sr., Westminister, Md.)
Heptathlon Tim Wunderlich, Dartmouth (Sr., Westminister, Md.)
4×100m Relay Cornell Andrew Ahart (Soph., Kingston, Mo.), Bradley Herynk (Jr., Broadview Heights, Ohio), Chris Tait (Soph., Scarborough, Ont.), Nathan Crabtree (Sr., Bend, Ore.)
4×400m Relay Cornell Marcel Van Eeden (Sr., Gladstone, N.J.), Michael Kippins (Jr., Latham, N.Y.), Nathan Crabtree (Sr., Bend, Ore.), Nick Huber (Fr., Leopold, Ind.)