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PHILADELPHIA - Juniors Darryll Oliver and James Foreman, and freshman Tim Carey have made their way to North Carolina to represent the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team at the 2010 NCAA East Preliminary Round at North Carolina A&T's Aggie Stadium in Greensboro, N.C., May 27-29.
The meet begins Thursday afternoon and concludes Saturday night. All three members of the Red and Blue will compete on Thursday with Carey and Oliver possibly competing on Friday if they advance in their respective events. The top 24 finishers in the first round advance to the quarterfinals where the top 12 will then advance to compete in the semifinals and finals of the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., June 9-12.
Foreman will participate in the pole vault at 4 p.m. He enters the meet ranked 24th in the region after setting a personal-best of 5.18 meters (17 feet) earlier this season at the Penn Invite. Foreman has dealt with some injuries since that time, but bounced back in the team's last meet to finish third at the IC4A Championships. On Thursday, the final 12 competitors will advance to the NCAA finals in Oregon.
Carey will participate in the first track event of the meet, the NCAA First Round of the 400-meter hurdles at 3:30 p.m. The two-time All-Ivy honoree enters the event ranked 18th in the region after his setting his season-best time of 51.35 - the fifth-best performance in school history - at the Penn Invite on April 3. On Thursday, if Carey is among the top three times in his heat - he ranks third or has one of the six best remaining times, he'll compete in the NCAA Quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Friday, fighting for a spot in the semifinals at the University of Oregon in June.
Oliver will be the last Quaker to compete at the meet. The NCAA First Round of the 800 meters begins at 7:30 p.m. Entering the meet, Oliver ranks 17th in the East region with his career-best time of 1:48.41 at the Penn Invite on April 3. That stands as the third-fastest time in his heat with the top three in each heat automatically advancing to the NCAA Quarterfinals at 6:30 p.m. Friday. For those not finishing among the top three in their heat, the next six fastest times will advance.
A full recap will be available at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of each day's events.