ITHACA, N.Y. - In the biennial matchup with Oxford and Cambridge, the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team combines with Cornell to take on the British duo. This year, the historic track meet was held in Ithaca, N.Y., and the American Universities remained unbeaten in the transatlantic series with wins in 15 of the 19 events.
Following traditional British scoring, each event winner earns one point for their team. Penn and Cornell won, 15-4. Junior Gabrielle Piper and freshman Serena Graf won the 100-meter hurdles and hammer, respectively, to score for the Penn-Cornell duo.
Graf jumped into the school record book in the season-opening meet and has improved her mark each meet thereafter. That continued on Saturday with the second-best toss in program history. She was nearly 20 feet better than the rest of the competition with a winning mark of 51.77 meters (169 feet, 10 inches). At Penn, that effort is only bettered by Catrina Chisholm's school standard of 55.44 meters set in 2004.
Behind Piper's winning effort, Penn claimed the top two spots in the 100 hurdles. Piper stopped the clock at 14.59. She was closely followed by senior teammate Amber Scott, who was just two-tenths behind.
In the pole vault, senior Davielle Brown set a personal best when she cleared 3.82 meters (12-06.25 ft.). That tied for the top spot in the event with her teammate for the day, Cornell's Claire Dishong.
Penn's 4x100-meter relay also topped their British counterparts. Piper, Rachel Hlatky, Nony Onyeador and Heather Bong combined to finish in 47.78. Onyeador was also just one-hundreth of a second from winning the 100 meters at 12.43.
In addition, freshman Emily Gensib was tops in the 1,500 meters. She was not pre-designated as a scorer in the event, but ran as a guest and earned the top spot. Her time of 4:38.97 was a career best.
Penn and Cornell meet Oxford and Cambridge in the transatlantic dual approximately every two years, alternating as the hosts on each occassion. In 2010, for the last meeting, the Quakers and Big Red went across the Atlantic. Penn hosted Cornell and their overseas guests at Franklin Field in 2009, and next summer, the two U.S. schools are scheduled to travel back to England.
Next up, the Quakers will head to Fairfax, Va., for the George Mason Invitational on Saturday.