RALEIGH, N.C. - The University of Pennsylvania women's track & field team concluded action with several top 10 performances at both the Raleigh Relays, which were hosted Friday and Saturday by N.C. State, and the Danny Curran Invitational which was hosted by Widener on Friday and Saturday.
At N.C. State, Margaret Diacont had a first-place finish in her section of the steeplechase, clocking 10:55.98. That was a new career-best and moved her from third all-time to second in the Penn record book. She is one of just three Penn athletes to break 11 minutes in the event.
Junior Chelsea Delaney was seventh in her section of the 1,500 with a time of 4:32.58, while Elyssa Gensib was 11th in her section of the 5,000 with a time of 16:59.32. Gensib was just outside the school's top 10, but Delaney slid into the 10-spot with her effort. She is the first to alter the school record book in that event in three years - not since Anna Aagenes in 2010.
Of the nearly 100 runner in the 100 meters, sophomore Heather Bong was 24th with a time of 11.98. The mark was wind-aided, but otherwise would stand as third-best in school history.
Penn had four women finish among the top 11 in the javelin. Senior Morgan Wheeler was second with a distance of 45.28 meters, followed closely by Kelsey Hay (44.97 meters). Wheeler nearly matched her career-best - which ranks third all-time at Penn. Hay set a collegiate best with her effort and marked the fifth-best toss in program history. Meanwhile, Kaci Jones was 10th (40.70 meters) and Serena Graf was 11th (40.42 meters).
In the shot put, Theresa Picciallo was 10th with a long throw of 13.22 meters.
The Quakers are set to return to action on next weekend in Ithaca, N.Y., and Florida. Penn and Cornell host the biennial Oxford-Cambridge meet. The historical matchup pits the Quakers and Big Red together against their rivals from across the Atlantic. The Cornell and Penn women have never lost to the Great Britain duo. Meanwhile, some Quakers will head to the Florida Relays in Gainsville, Fla.