PRINCETON, N.J. - It was a weekend filled with marked improvement for the University of Pennsylvania men's track and field team at Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
Junior Chelsea Delaney skyrocketed up the school record book with her performance in the 1,500 meters. She registered a time of 4:30.82 to place 13th. That improved upon her previous personal best of 4:32.58 from the Raleigh Relays. That ranked her 10th all-time at Penn, but her mark on Saturday propels her to No. 6 in the school record book.
Senior Margaret Diacont improved upon the second-best time in school history in the steeplechase, which she set earlier this year. She became just the second Quaker in program history to break 10:50.00 in the event. Her time of 10:49.48 placed her 13th and is only bested at Penn by Claire Duncan's 2005 time of 10:29.33.
Freshman Elyssa Gensib was also 13th in her event. She just missed Penn's all-time top 10. Her time of 16:51.50 was just one second from reaching Duncan's 10th-place mark in the school record book.
In the 100 meters, senior Nony Onyeador also added a career effort with a fourth-place time of 12.12. That topped her previous personal best by three-hundreths of a second and moved her up one spot in the school record book to sixth place.
Onyeador was also a part of the fifth-fastest 4x100-meter relay in school history. She took the baton from Rachel Hlatky and handed to Heather Bong, who stopped the clock at 46.56. Gabrielle Piper took the lead leg for the Quakers, who reached the all-time top five at Penn with a mark that was three-tenths faster than Penn's finish at the 2005 ECAC's.
One of the many highlights in the field events came from freshman Kaci Jones, who registered the third-best toss in school history. She entered Penn's all-time top 10 last week and surpassed her previous collegiate best by nearly four meters. She was the runner-up with her toss of 46.07 meters (151 feet, 2 inches). Meanwhile, Morgan Wheeler was third (43.17m), Serena Graf was sixth (39.80m) and Kelsey Hay was eighth (39.44m).
In the shot put, freshman Theresa Picciallo moved from fourth to second in Penn's all-time record book. She and school record-holder Charity Payne are the only Quakers to pass 14 meters in the event after Picciallo landed her final toss at 14.11 meters (46 feet, 3 1/2 inches) for a third-place finish.
Senior captain Charlotte Pope was yet another Quaker with a career-best effort. She had the best toss of her career in the hammer with a mark of 48.87 meters (160 feet, 4 inches). That placed her 14th at the meet and improved upon the sixth-best mark in school history.
Next week marks the 119th edition of the Penn Relays, April 25-27, at Franklin Field. Last year, the three-day attendance totaled 117,346. Get your tickets for the 2013 Penn Relays here.