Crook Sets New Pole Vault Record on the First Day of the Penn Relays

Philadelphia - Senior Sam Crook and the Penn women’s 4x400m relay both took first place in their respective events at the 111th Penn Relays on Franklin Field. Several other Quakers competed in the first day of competition at the historic event.

The 4x400m relay team won the 4x400m Heptagonal Championships with a time of 3:42.62. Running for the Quakers were freshman Jesse Carlin, freshman Shaunee Morgan, junior Dana McCurdy and senior Izu Emeagwali. The time set a new Penn Relays 4x400m Heptagonal meet record. It was the Quakers first Penn Relays title since 1992. The team ran the ninth fastest time on the day and will compete in the ECAC Championships on Saturday.

Crook set a new Penn program record in the pole vault en route to winning the women’s college pole vault. The senior cleared 12’11” to best her own personal record by four inches.

Carlin, Morgan, sophomore Krysta Copeland and Emeagwali teamed up for the 4x100m relay which took fifth in their heat with a new school record of 46.62. It’s the third time this season the Quakers have teamed up to compete in the event – breaking the program record each time.

Penn also competed in the Championship of America distance medley placing 11th in a time of 11:37.23. The team was made up of freshman Stacey Kim, Copeland, sophomore Tina Morrison and Claire Kim. Sophomore Shani Boston competed in the long jump and leaped 17’1.25”. Junior Dana McCurdy ran the 400m hurdles, clocking in at 104:50. Senior Claire Duncan crossed the finish line seventh in the 3,000m steeplechase and in a time of 10:39.02.

Penn will be back in action on Friday, April 29 at the Penn Relays.

Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications.