GREENSBORO, N.C. - Gabrielle Piper wrapped up a stellar junior season for the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team on Friday. She made her first career NCAA appearance at the NCAA East Preliminary in Greensboro, N.C.
Piper was in the first event of the afternoon on North Carolina A&T's Irwin Belk Track - the NCAA First Round of the 100-meter hurdles. The Marietta, Ga., native finished in 13.83 to place eighth in her heat. She entered the meet seeded 47th and finished 40th overall. Her time would have set the school record, but it was wind-aided.
Piper finished the season with her sixth career All-Ivy honor when she garnered second-team recognition in the 100-meter hurdles. She is one of just three Quakers to ever break 14 seconds in the event. Her season-best time of 13.74 earlier this year was wind-aided but otherwise would have also set the school standard.
The Penn women still have three more competing at the NCAA meet - all in the javelin. On Saturday, senior Morgan Wheeler and freshmen teammates Kelsey Hay and Kaci Jones will begin competition at 2 p.m.
The NCAA Championship meet extends over two weekends in a three-week span at three different sites. The first weekend - known as the NCAA Preliminary Round - is broken up into two different sites - East (Greensboro, N.C.) and West (Austin, Texas), which host the NCAA first round and quarterfinal round in each event as well as some of the NCAA semifinals.
The top 24 finishers in the first round advance to the quarterfinals where the top 12 will advance to compete in the semifinals and finals of the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., June 5-8.
A full recap of each day's events can be found at PennAthletics.com.