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PRINCETON, N.J. - Sophomore Heather Bong posted two runner-up performances as the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team finished seventh at the 2013 Outdoor Heptagonal Championships inside Princeton's Weaver Stadium on Sunday.
The 4x100-meter relay team came in third with a time of 46.93. Gabrielle Piper was a member of that team and also finished as the runner-up in the 100-meter hurdles. She finished in 13.74 - which was a personal best and would have set the school record if it were not wind aided. Bong and senior Nony Onyeador were also a part of that relay and each scored in the 100 meters. Bong was the runner-up in 11.98, while Onyeador was sixth at 12.23. Bong was also the runner-up in the 200 meters and would have set the school record without the wind at her back. She finished in 23.92.
Freshman Theresa Picciallo was fourth in the shot put. She earned the Quakers another four points with her second-to-last throw. It landed at 14.05 meters (46-01.25 ft.).
In the heptathlon, Amira Privott-Yeiser set a collegiate best with 4,428 points. That improved her standing in the school record book to ninth-place all-time at Penn. She finished just outside the scoring.
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.
Senior Davielle 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, Gillian 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.
The Quakers finished in seventh place in the team standings with 56 points. Cornell won the meet with 145 points followed by Columbia's 121.