PHILADELPHIA -Six different members of the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team combined to earn 11 second-team All-Ivy honors on Monday as announced by the league office. Senior Kali Strother earned All-Ivy status in three events, while Paige Madison, Leah Brown and Gabrielle Piper all earned two All-Ivy accolades. In addition, Victoria Strickland and Morgan Wheeler each earned the recognition for the first time in their careers.
Strother, competing in her final Outdoor Heps meet, was a part of both All-Ivy relay teams and was the runner-up as an individual in the 400 meters. In all she earned 12 points for the Quakers, including eight in the 400 meters with one of the best performances of her career. The school record-holder in the event, she posted a season-best time of 54.62. The St. Louis, Mo., native finishes her Heps career as a six-time All-Ivy recipient.
Piper earned All-Ivy as an individual for the second time in her career with a second-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles. She became just the third Quaker in program history to break 14 seconds in the event and the first since 2001. Her time of 13.98 was just six-tenths of a second off the winning mark.
The 4x100-meter relay team consisted of Madison, Strother, Brown and Piper. The group improved upon their fifth-best time in school history - set a week earlier at the Penn Relays - and gained eight points for the Red and Blue. Madison, Strother and Brown were also a part of the second-place 4x400-meter relay team along with Strickland. Madison has now won six career All-Ivy accolades, while Brown is now a four-time career recipient.
Wheeler was the runner-up in the javelin on Saturday. She led the event through the first round. Her best toss of the day was the best of her collegiate career and the fourth-best in program history. It landed at 44.26 meters (145-02 ft.) and stood as her best, and the second-best of the day. Wheeler also scored in the heptathlon for the Quakers, placing fourth with 4,456 points - improving upon her seventh-place standing in the school record book.
The top Ivy League performers in each individual event at the outdoor Heptagonal championships and the top team in each relay event earn selection to the All-Ivy first team. The runner-up finishers in each event earn second-team honors.
For Penn's postseason qualifiers, the ECAC Championships are up next at Princeton's Weaver Stadium, May 13-15.