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BOSTON, Mass. - Freshman Theresa Picciallo and junior Gabrielle Piper each finished third for the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team on the final day of competition at the 2013 Indoor Heptagonal Championships on Sunday. The Quakers finished sixth as a team at Harvard's Gordon Track.
Piper was defending her Heptagonal championship in the 60-meter hurdles. She came up just short of repeating. Her time of 8.57 was a season-best and nearly matched runner-up Martina Salander, who finished two thousandths-of-a-second ahead of Piper. The two finished behind Harvard's Autumne Franklin, who set the meet record at 8.43.
Picciallo finished third in the shot put in her first Heptagonal meet. She reached the finals of the event with her second toss of 13.95 meters. She then topped that effort on her first throw in the finals with a toss of 14.00 meters (45 feet, 11 1/4 inches). That solidified her third-place position and earned the Quakers another six points.
A pair of Quakers scored in the 60 meters. Sophomores Lydia Ali and Heather Bong finished fifth and sixth, respectively, for the Red and Blue. Ali matched her qualifying time at 7.68, while Bong set a personal best for the second straight day. Her time of 7.70 is sixth-best in Penn history.
However, Bong's biggest highlight of the day came in the 200 meters. She became just the third Penn woman in school history to break 25 seconds in the event. She finished with a collegiate-best effort of 24.94 to place fourth overall.
In addition, both of Penn's relays scored on Sunday. The 4x400 team was fifth with a season-best finish of 3:52.82 and the 4x800 foursome was sixth at 9:05.55.
On Day One, senior Davielle Brown finished fourth in the pole vault when she cleared 3.80 meters (12 feet, 5 1/2 inches). She did so on her second attempt and matched a collegiate best which also ranks second all-time at Penn. It is just one centimeter shy of the school record held by current volunteer coach Samantha Crook.
The Quakers finished sixth as a team with 27 points. Harvard won the team title on its home track with 117 points followed by Cornell's 112.66.