BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Seven Quakers and a relay team posted victories in the season opening meet for the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team on Saturday at Lehigh's Fast Times Before Finals meet in Rauch Fieldhouse.
Penn won the meet with 56.5 points. They topped seven other schools at the season opener, including host Lehigh, which finished as the runner up with 44 points.
The Quakers set a facility record in the 4x400-meter relay. Junior Shakele Seaton had the first leg, followed by senior Stephanie Green and junior Amira Privott-Yeiser. Noel Jancewicz was the anchor and stopped the clock at 3:59.56. It was the first time any team has cracked four minutes in Rauch Fieldhouse and was six seconds better than the runner up.
Penn finished 1-2 in the 60-meter hurdles with senior duo Gabrielle Piper and Cydney Gillon claiming the top two spots. Piper finished in 9.00 to earn the victory, while Gillon was just a half-stride behind at 9.18.
Piper was also third in the 60 meters where she and junior sprinter Heather Bong showed some uncanny consistency. Each finished with identical times of 7.79 to top the prelims and then tied again with those exact times in the finals to finish in a virtual tie for the runner-up spot. Bong was ultimately credited with a finish of 7.783 to Piper's 7.790 to finish second and third, respectively.
Bong went on to win the 200 meters a short while later. She bested 37 runners with a winning time of 26.00.
Freshman Ella Wurth won the 1,000 meters in her first collegiate meet. She topped the field of 10 by narrowly edging out Lehigh's Victoria Mullane with a winning time of 3:04.17.
3:04.17. Penn was dominant in the field events with four victories. Highlighted by Gillian Berger was the decisive winner in the long jump. Her top jump of 5.49 meters (18-00.25 ft.) was nearly two feet better than the rest of the competition. who posted the sixth-best mark in program history in the high jump in her collegiate debut. She won the event when she cleared the bar at 1.70 meters (5 feet, 7 inches). Sophomore
Green also scored in the 500 meters with a third-place time of 1:18.18.
Following the holiday break, the Quakers are back at Rauch Fieldhouse for the Lehigh Challenge on Saturday, Jan. 18.