Tully Captures 3000m Crown, Quakers in Third at Heptagonal Championships

Boston – University of Pennsylvania senior Nolan Tully captured the 3,000m run as the men’s track and field team currently stands in third place after the first day of competition at the 2005 Indoor Heptagonal Championships.

Tully clocked a time of 8:12.76, the sixth-fastest time in program history, to capture the 3,000m crown ahead of Cornell’s Bruce Hyde (8:13.34).

In the long jump, junior Kyle Calvo and rookie Pete Habegger finished second and third respectively. Calvo posted a mark of 23 feet, 6 ¾ inches while Habegger finished with a jump of 23 feet, 5 ¼ inches.

In the pole vault, senior Neal Wojdowski placed fourth with a mark of 15 feet, nine inches.

In the heptathlon, Calvo and freshman Mike Hall lead the way after the first day of competition. Calvo has earned 3,062 points while Hall has 2,882 points. Sunday’s events will include the 60m hurdles, the pole vault and the 1,000m run.

Several members of the Red and Blue were able to advance to the tomorrow’s final round of competition in their respective events.Sophomore Grafton Ifill posted a time of 6.86 second to capture his heat and advance to the finals of the 60m dash.

Junior Courtney Jaworski, the defending Heptagonal champion won his heat in the 800m with a time of 1:52.40 to advance the finals. Also moving on was freshman John Guzman who posted a time of 1:53.75.

In the 1,000m, rookie Tim Kaijala and senior Scott Sebens finished back-to-back in their heats in respective times of 2:26.11 and 2:26.27 to advance.

Also moving on were senior Stephen Hayes in the mile with a time of 4:13.24 and sophomore Michael Bale in the 60m high hurdles with a time of 8.40.

Princeton is in first place with 40 points, followed by Cornell with 31. Penn trails the Lions by just three points with 28. Dartmouth is fourth with 16 points followed by Brown (6). Columbia, Harvard and Yale trail with one point each.

The Quakers continue competition at the Heptagonal Championships tomorrow, Feb. 27 beginning at 11 a.m. Results will posted on the Ivy League website as soon as they become available.

-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant