Eight Victories for Women's Track and Field at Penn Invite


PHILADELPHIA - Sophomore Morgan Wheeler (pictured) won the javelin, junior Catherine Okoukoni won the long and triple jumps, junior Kristen Judge claimed the high jump, freshman Christine Cohick won the 5,000 meters and all three relays won for the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team on Saturday at the Penn Invite on Franklin Field.

The 4x100, 4x400 and the 4x800-meter relay teams each claimed victories for Penn. The 4x100 team snuck into the Penn record books with the fifth-best time in school history. They finished in 46.77 and became just the sixth foursome in school history to break 47 seconds in the event. The 4x800-meter foursome won by six seconds with a finish of 9:37.68, while the 4x400-meter team won with a time of 3:51.48.

For the second straight week at Franklin Field, Okoukoni swept the long and triple jump events. The Cypress Bay product had a winning long jump of 5.77 meters (18 feet, 11 1/4 inches) and a winning triple jump of 12.19 meters (40-00 ft.). Her first long jump of 5.65 meters would have held up to win the meet, but she topped that with her third leap of the day to ensure the victory.

Shortly thereafter, she dominated the triple jump. Each of her four jumps were good enough to win the meet and her winning leap would measure fifth all-time at Penn, but was wind-aided. However, she jumped 11.96 meters on two occasions that qualify for the Penn record book. It improved upon her previous career-best and moverd her from 10th to eighth in the school records.

Judge won the high jump as she missed just onebar en route to clearing 1.68 meters (5-06 ft.). She cleared the first two heights on her first attempt and was the only competitor remaining after passing the bar at 1.63 meters. She then passed 1.68 meters - a season-best - on her second jump.

Wheeler won the javelin with her first toss of the afternoon. It measured 39.64 meters (130-01 ft.) and held up as the top throw of the meet for the rest of the competition.

Cohick started the day with a victory in the 5,000 meters as the only competitor to break the 18-minute mark. She finished in 17:46.53 to post the top time of the outdoor season for the Quakers in the event.

Junior Leah Brown was second in the 100 and 200 meters. She finished in 12.27 seconds in the 100 meters and broke 25 seconds for the first time during the outdoor season with a time of 24.95 in the 200 meters.

Junior Adriane McCray was the runner-up in the 800 meters at 2:16.42, while Brooke Hamscher was the runner-up in the pole vault. No competitor topped Hamscher's height of 3.50 meters (11-05.75 ft.), but she was topped for the meet title on a tiebreaker.

Sophomore Charlotte Pope was the runner-up in the hammer with a toss of 42.12 meters (138-02 ft.), and third in the shot put with a throw of 11.96 meters (39-03 ft.).

The Quakers return to Franklin Field for the third straight week as they play host to the annual Penn-Yale-Princeton meet on Saturday.