PHILADELPHIA - It was a small meet between two rivals, but the University of Pennsylvania women's outdoor track and field team put up some big results. Most notably, senior Kristen Judge tied the school high jump record, and the 4x100 relay and Jillian Hart each launched into second place in the school record book. Princeton won Saturday's dual with the Quakers, 85-77.
Judge tied an 18-year-old school record when she became just the second Quaker to clear 1.75 meters (5 feet, 8 3/4 inches) in the high jump. Nicole Maloy hit that mark in 1994. Judge made it look easy throughout most of the afternoon. She cleared the first three heights on her first attempt. Then with the bar moved to the school-record height, she cleanly passed the bar on her third attempt. That improves upon her ECAC mark and moves her into contention for a berth in the NCAA Championships.
Moments before Judge entered the top row of the record book in the high jump, Hart passed the personal-best mark she set last week and improved upon the second-best vault in team history. Hart won the meet and cleared 3.85 meters (12-07.50 ft.) on her first attempt. The only woman at Penn to surpass that mark is current vaults coach Sam Crook, who holds the school record at 4.00 meters (13-01.50 ft.).
In the 4x100 relay, Penn narrowly topped the Tigers. The Quakers won the sprint to the finish line with the second-best effort in school history. Their time of 46.29 is only bettered by the record time of 46.03 that was put up at the 2010 ECAC Championships.
Penn was especially strong in the field events. Senior Corinne Rich added to the rewritten record books with the fourth-best discus throw in program history. Her third toss of the day landed at a personal-best 43.19 meters (141-08 ft.). It was the best throw at Penn since Monica Maccani set the school record in 2001.
Junior Morgan Wheeler matched the best toss of her career at 44.44 meters (145-10 ft.) in the javelin. She won the event with that mark and matched her fourth-place mark in the school record book.
In the 400 meters, senior captain Renee McDougall slid into the record book with her winning time of 56.23. She was well out in front of the rest of the competition with that personal-best mark. It now ranks 10th all-time at Penn. McDougall was also second in the 200 with a time of 24.94.
Sophomore Gabrielle Piper won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.51. Senior captain Paige Madison won the 400-meter hurdles with a season-best effort of 1:00.85. Junior Charlotte Pope won the hammer with a throw of 47.64 meters (156-03 ft.).
Senior Emily Townsend was second in the 100 meters with a finish of 12.15. It was a wind-aided mark, otherwise it would have placed her fifth all-time in school history. Senior captain Victoria Strickland was second in the 800 meters with a finish of 2:08.32.
After three straight weeks at Franklin Field, the Quakers travel to Princeton, N.J., next weekend for the Larry Ellis Invitational on Saturday. Then Penn will once again play host to the world's largest and oldest relay carnival. The Penn Relays are set for April 26-28 at Franklin Field. You can buy tickets to the festivities here.