Ivy League Release
PHILADELPHIA - Sophomore Heather Bong earned a pair of second-team All-Ivy accolades, while junior Gabrielle Piper and freshman Kelsey Hay also earned second-team status for the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team as announced by the Ivy League office Wednesday night.
Bong earned her first two All-Ivy honors with a pair of second-place performances at the Outdoor Heptagonal Championships on Sunday. Bong, who owns the school record in the 100 meters, finished as the runner-up in the event with a time of 11.98. She earned another eight points for the Quakers in the 200 meters and would have set the school record without the wind at her back. She finished in 23.92.
This is the sixth career All-Ivy honor for Piper, who is a two-time Heps champion and first-team award winner, and four-time second-time honoree. The Marietta, Ga., native was a teammate with Bong on the third-place 4x100-meter relay and then finished as the runner-up in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.74 - which was a personal best and would have set the school record if it were not wind-aided.
Hay nearly won the Heptagonal title in the javelin. Her 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 and pushed Hay into second place.
The top Ivy League performers in each individual event and the top team in each relay event earn selection to the All-Ivy League indoor track and field first team. The second Ivy finishers earn second-team honors.
Bong, Piper and Hay will be joined by several of their teammates when they will head back to Princeton's Weaver Stadium for the ECAC Championships this weekend.