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PRINCETON, N.J. - A dominating performance in the javelin, a couple top 10 performances on the track, and points from Davielle Brown and Gillian Berger capped off a great start for the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team Saturday at the 2013 Outdoor Heptagonal Championships inside Princeton's Weaver Stadium.
The final day of competition, Championship Sunday, begins with the 5,000 meters at noon. The 2013 Heptagonal team champion will be announced around 5:30 p.m. For live updates and results throughout the meet, see the link atop this release.
At Heps, the top eight advance past the preliminaries and the top-six finishers will score in the finals of each event on Sunday. Most event finals will take place on Sunday.
Of the six scorers in the javelin, three of them were wearing Red and Blue. The Quakers scored 20 points on the first day of competition and 15 of those came from the javelin. Freshmen Kelsey Hay and Kaci Jones finished second and third, respectively, in their first Heps meet. Hay's top toss of 47.37 meters (155 feet, 5 inches) - which stands as second-best in school history - was atop the leaderboard until it was eclipsed during the final round of throws. Meanwhile, Jones matched her collegiate best at 44.97 meters (147-06 ft.) and senior Morgan Wheeler was sixth with a toss of 43.39 meters (142-04 ft.). All three are expected to qualify for NCAA Regionals.
Brown has become a consistent scorer at Heps and did so again on the first day of competition. She was one of five women to clear the bar at 3.72 meters (12 feet 2 1/2 inches). She had just one miss to that point and only one competitor passed the next height at 3.82 meters - which would have matched Brown's career best. After the tiebreakers, Brown finished fourth and added four points for the Quakers.
A freshman, Berger scored at Heps for the first time in her young career with a personal-best effort in the long jump - twice. She broke her own collegiate best in the preliminaries with a leap of 5.57 meters. That mark qualified her for the finals. Then on her penultimate jump in the finals, she landed at 5.75 meters (18-10.50 ft). That is tied for the 10th-best mark in school history and placed her sixth overall.
On the track, Penn had three qualifiers in the 100 meters and another in the 100-meter hurdles, 200 meters and 800 meters.
Delaney reached Championship Sunday in the 800 meters with the 10th-best performance in school history. Her time of 2:09.80 was a personal record and she'll compete for the Heps title on Sunday at 3 p.m.
Just minutes later, sophomore Heather Bong posted the third-fastest time in program history in the 200 meters. She won her heat and was second overall during the prelims with her mark of 24.26. It is the fastest time at Penn since Kali Strother set the school standard at 23.96 in 2010. In addition, Nony Onyeador (24.84) and Rachel Hlatky (24.92) each reached the top 10 at Penn in the event and now stand at seventh and 10th, respectively, in school history.
Bong also won her heat and posted the third-best time in the 100-meter preliminaries with a finish of 12.00. Gabrielle Piper and Onyeador were second and third in their heat and seventh and eighth overall, respectively. Piper came in at 12.17 and Onyeador was one-hundreth of a second behind. Piper also reached Sunday's final in the 100-meter hurdles with a finish of 14.11 - third among qualifiers.
In the hammer, senior Charlotte Pope set a personal best when her first toss landed at 49.66 meters (162-11 ft.). That improved upon her fifth-place standing in the school record book. She missed the finals by just one meter and finished ninth overall.
The Quakers are in fourth place in the team standings following the first day of competition with 20 points. Cornell is in the lead after Day One with 42 points followed by Brown's 32.
A full recap of the 2013 Outdoor Heptagonal Championships will be available at PennAthletics.com shortly after the completion of Sunday's events.