PHILADELPHIA - Seck Barry, Brian Rosenthal, Tim Carey and Maalik Reynolds combined with two relays teams to post six victories for the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team Saturday afternoon at the Penn Invite inside Franklin Field.
Rosenthal won the 400 meters as he nearly toppled his career best effort from the first outdoor meet of the year. He outdistanced the field with his time of 48.18, which was just three-hundreths of a second short of topping his previous IC4A qualifying time.
In a slight headwind, Barry finished in first in the 110-meter hurdles. His time of 14.88 was the best of his career and topped Howard's Carnegie Tirado by 11-tenths of a second. They were the only two competitors to break 15 seconds in the event.
Carey was victorious in the 400-meter hurdles with Penn's fastest time of the year in the event. The sophomore, running in the event for the first time this year, won with a time of 52.44 to qualify for the IC4A meet.
Reynolds nearly topped the school record he set last week. He won the event for the second time in as many weeks at Franklin Field as he passed the bar on his first attempt at 2.19 meters (7 feet, 2.25 inches). He failed to clear the bar only once to that point and just missed on his attempts at 2.24 meters to raise the school record and post the second-best high jump in the nation. His Penn-record leap of 2.21 meters (7-03 ft.) at the Big 5 Invite on March 26 still stands as fifth-best in the NCAA.
The Quakers also finished first in the 4x800 and 4x100-meter relays. The 4x100 foursome posted the fastest time of the season for the Quakers in the event. They won with a time of 41.60. In the penultimate event, the Red and Blue won the 4x800-relay with a time of 7:47.06.
Junior Mike Vido was the top collegiate runner in the 5,000 meters. He was edged out by former Quaker Brian Lang, who was running unattached. Lang won with a finish of 14:59.52, while Vido topped the collegiate field with a time of 15:02.82.
Freshman Mason Smith was second in the 100 meters at 10.89, while Efayomi Carr was second in the triple jump and freshman Jake Brenza was the runner-up in the discus with a career-best performance. Carr won with a leap of 13.85 meters (45-05.25 ft.), while Brenza's second throw measured 46.94 meters (154-00 ft.) - the furthest of his rookie campaign - and placed him in first in the event until the final throw. Fellow freshman teammate Karl Ingram also placed second. His toss of 55.93 meters (183-06 ft.) earned him the runner-up spot in the 15-man field.
Next week, the Quakers head South to Fairfax, Va., where they will compete in the George Mason Invitational on Saturday.