FAIRFAX, Va. - Sophomore Heather Bong officially became the fastest Quaker of all-time on Saturday as she set the school record in the 100 meters for the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team. Bong also posted the sixth-best time in school history in the 200 meters and was the lead leg on Penn's winning 4x100-meter relay team on Saturday at George Mason's Patriot Invitational.
Bong broke an eight-year-old record by more than a tenth of a second. Her time of 11.83 unseated Izu Emeagwali as the fastest Quaker of all-time. Emeagwali held the record since 2005 at 11.94. Bong, who finished fourth, reached the finals when she won her heat with a time of 11.99 to finish third overall among the 40 sprinters in the preliminaries.
In between the prelims and finals of the 100 meters, Bong was also a part of Penn's winning 4x100-meter relay team as the Quakers blew away the field of 12, including Princeton and Navy. Junior Gabrielle Piper had the lead leg and was followed by Rachel Hlatky and Nony Onyeador. Bong took the anchor leg and stopped the clock at 46.66. That time was more than a second better than any other school.
Bong wasn't done yet. In the 200 meters, she finished just outside the scoring with a career-best time of 24.75. That was good for ninth overall among 75 runners and stands as the sixth-best mark in school history.
Piper also reached the finals of the 100-meter hurdles and finished sixth overall with a time of 14.35. She earned a spot among the eight qualifiers with the sixth-best time in the preliminaries (14.46). Senior Amber Scott was just outside the qualifying with a 10th-place time of 14.80.
Freshman Kaci Jones marked another impressive performance in the javelin for the Quakers when she nearly won the event with one of the top tosses in school history. Four different Quakers have surpassed 138 feet in the javelin this year. Prior to this season, only five Quakers had ever done so. All four are currently in Penn's all-time Top 10 as Jones moved into eight-place all-time at Penn. She surpassed her collegiate best with a toss of 42.18 meters.
Chelsea Delaney continued her outstanding junior season with another record book-worthy effort. She was 13th in the 800 meters with a personal best of 2:10.48. That just eclipsed Jessica Mitchell for 10th all-time at Penn by six-hundreths of a second. Freshman Gabriella Cuccia was just behind that mark with a 15th-place finish of 2:11.57.
Next weekend, the Quakers stick closer to home. Penn heads to Princeton for the Larry Ellis Invitational on Saturday.
The following week marks the 119th edition of the Penn Relays on April 25-27 at Franklin Field. Last year, the three-day attendance totaled 117,346. Get your tickets for the 2013 Penn Relays here.