Ivy League Performance List
PHILADELPHIA - This weekend marks the start of the postseason for the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team. The Quakers head to Princeton, N.J., for the 2013 Outdoor Heptagonal Championships on Saturday and Sunday at Weaver Stadium.
The Heps meet kicks off at 10 a.m. for the women on Saturday with the start of the hammer. A few field events finals will be take place later that afternoon, including the javelin, pole vault and long jump. Saturday concludes with the finals for the 10,000 meters at 6:30 p.m. Championship Sunday begins with the 5,000 meters at noon. The 2013 Heptagonal team champion will be announced around 5 p.m. For live updates and results throughout the meet, see the link atop this release.
At Heps, only the top-six finishers score in each event and Penn will be counting on points from a variety of its athletes. Entering this weekend's competition, Penn has 11 marks ranking in the top six of the Ivy League, including three title favorites.
Sophomore Heather Bong (100 meters), senior Morgan Wheeler (javelin) and the 4x100-meter relay team all enter the meet as the No. 1 seeds in their respective events. Bong became the fastest Quaker of all-time earlier this year with a school-record time of 11.83. Wheeler is second all-time in the javelin with her toss of 46.26 meters (151 feet, 9 inches) last week at the Penn Relays. Also last week, the 4x100 posted the league's best time this year at 46.18.
Penn has two other favorites to score and push for the title in the javelin. Freshman Kaci Jones is second in the league - just seven inches behind Wheeler - and classmate Kelsey Hay is just a few feet behind with the fourth-best toss among Ivy Leaguers this spring. Meanwhile, hoping to join Bong on the podium is senior Nony Onyeador who ranks fifth in the Ivies with a time of 12.12.
Other potential scorers for the Red and Blue include freshman Elyssa Gensib, who ranks fifth in the league in the 3,000 meters, senior Davielle Brown, who is fourth in the pole vault, freshman Serena Graf, who is fifth in the hammer, and Theresa Picciallo, who is the No. 3 seed in the shot put. Junior Gabrielle Piper is the defending champion in the 100-meter hurdles.
Last year, the Quakers finished fifth at the Outdoor Heptagonals. Piper won her first outdoor Heps title in the 100-meter hurdles and then-senior captain Leah Brown posted two All-Ivy performances at Franklin Field.
A full recap of the 2013 Outdoor Heptagonal Championships will be available at PennAthletics.com shortly after the completion of each day's events.