NEW YORK, N.Y. - In just her second collegiate meet, freshman Theresa Picciallo set the school record in the shot put to help the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team to a second-place team finish at College Night at the Armory on Saturday in New York City.
Penn finished second among the 13 teams that scored at the meet. The Quakers accumulated 105.5 points which was well ahead of Lafayette's third-place total of 52. Connecticut won the meet with 204 points.
Picciallo posted the fourth-best toss in school history in the season-opening meet last month. She topped that effort and set a new school standard with her final throw of the night at the Armory. It landed at 14.11 meters (46 feet, 3 1/2 inches) to break a 15-year-old Penn record. Lauana Botelho had held the top spot at 14.08 (46-02.50 ft.) since 1998. That mark placed her second among collegians and just in front of teammate Charlotte Pope, who also set a personal best and moved up in the record books. Pope's toss of 13.46 meters (44-02 ft.) is fifth-best all-time at Penn.
In addition to Picciallo, the 4x800-meter relay team and freshman Elyssa Gensib also posted victories for the Quakers. Gensib, who was also the lead leg for the 4x800 relay team, was tops in the mile during her first indoor collegiate meet. She distanced herself from the field of 17 with a six-second victory of 5:07.16. Also in the mile, Nicole Ghazarian, Kersie Jhabvala, Amy Darlington and Margaret Diacont each found a spot in the scoring. Gensib then combined with Shannon McCarthy, Mia Spinelli and Chelsea Delaney to finish the 3,200 meters in 9:39.72 for a comfortable 10-second victory.
Senior Nony Onyeador matched a career-best in the 60 meters. She raced to a second-place finish with a time of 7.69 which tied her mark as the fifth-fastest in Penn history. Junior Gabrielle Piper also scored in the event with an eighth-place showing of 7.85 and was seventh in the 60-meter hurdles at 8.98.
Senior Davielle Brown qualified for the ECAC Championships in the pole vault. She was the runner-up when she cleared 3.60 meters (11-09.75 ft.). She had just one miss through that point and came up just short of matching her collegiate best at 3.70 meters. Senior Jillian Hart and junior Brooke Hamscher also scored for the Quakers in the event with a fourth and eighth-place finish, respectively.
Three Quakers scored in the 1,000 meters, led by sophomore Pauline Dabrowski's sixth-place finish of 3:08.20. McCarthy was seventh at 3:09.24 and Spinelli was eighth at 3:10.53.
Freshman Gillian Berger scored in both horizontal jumps for the Quakers. She was eighth in the long jump with a leap of 5.29 meters (17-04.25 ft.) and was seventh in the triple jump at 10.98 meters (36-00.25 ft.).
Its back to Lehigh, the site of the season opener in December, on Saturday. The Quakers will compete at the Moutain Hawk Invite in Bethlehem, Pa.