PRINCETON, N.J. - Five individuals and one relay scored for the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team at the 2011 Outdoor ECAC Championships at Princeton's Weaver Stadium this weekend.
Of the 54 teams that scored, the Quakers were 25th with 13 points. Duke won the 2011 IC4A Outdoor team title with 73.75 points, followed by Connecticut's 65 points and Virginia's 61.50 points.
Sophomore Morgan Wheeler earned Penn's first point of the meet. She finished eighth in the javelin with a career-best toss. It was the second throw of the day for Wheeler and landed at 44.44 meters (145 feet, 10 inches). It placed her eighth after the first round of throws and kept her in the scoring after the finals. It also improved upon her fourth-place standing in the school record book.
Sophomore Leslie Kovach was fourth in the 3,000 meters with the best time of her career. Her finish of 9:31.10 has only been topped by two other Quakers in the history of the program and it earned five points for the Quakers.
In the 800 meters, where only four Quakers have ever broken 2:08 in the event, junior Victoria Strickland did so on two occassions over the weekend. She qualified for the finals with a career-best time of 2:07.82 - the fifht-best mark in school history. She nearly duplicated that on Sunday with an eighth-place finish of 2:07.95.
Junior Paige Madison scored in the 400-meter hurdles. She was the final qualifier on Saturday with an eighth-place time of 1:00.61. She then finished in the same spot in the finals on Sunday with a time of 1:01.15.
In the 400 meters, senior Kali Strother placed sixth to earn another three points for the Quakers. She was sixth in the preliminaries with a qualifying time of 54.92, then posted a finals time of 55.06.
The 4x800 relay team of Chelsea Delaney, Adriane McCray, Veronica Salcido and Laura Steel combined to finish seventh. They qualified for the finals with a time of 9:00.62 on Saturday and then broke the nine-minute barrier in the finals on Sunday with a finish of 8:59.94.
Next up, in each event, the top 48 times and marks in the East region qualify for the first round of the NCAA Championships. The full list of qualifiers will be announced next week. The NCAA East Preliminary Round is scheduled for May 26-28 on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. For a complete list of the top East Region marks and times, click here.
Penn at the ECAC's
100 Meters: 22-Brown (12.25)
100-Meter Hurdles: 16-Piper (14.44p, 14.74s)
400-Meter Hurdles: 8-Madison (1:00.61p, 1:01.15)
400 Meters: 6-Strother (54.92p, 55.06f)
800 Meters: 8-Strickland (2:07.82p, 2:07.95)
3,000 Meters: 4-Kovach (9:31.10)
4x100 Relay: Penn (46.51p)
4x800 Relay: 7-Penn (9:00.62p, 8:59.94f)
High Jump: 15-Judge (1.64m)
Triple Jump: 17-Okoukoni (11.91m)
Long Jump: 11-Okoukoni (5.78m)
Javelin: 8-Wheeler (44.44m)