PHILADELPHIA - Senior Leah Brown, junior Davielle Brown, senior Laura Steel and the 4x400-meter relay team claimed Philadelphia bragging rights for the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team Saturday afternoon when the Quakers hosted the second annual Big 5 Invitational at Franklin Field.
In addition to Philadelphia's Big 5 schools, several other local teams attended the meet. Leah Brown topped them all in the 200 meters to post Penn's first victory of the day. Her winning time of 25.12 was the best of the young outdoor season for Penn. Brown was also fourth in the 100 meters at 12.49.
Davielle Brown split the Big 5 championship in the pole vault. She was perfect on the day through the first three heights. Three attempts and three clears. She was one of two competitors to move the bar to 3.75 meters, but neither one cleared it and they split the victory at 3.65 meters (11 feet, 11 3/4 inches).
Steel won the 5,000 meters with a career-best effort. She topped the field with a time of 17:31.55. Under the lights at Franklin Field, she outraced Temple's Jenna Dubrow to the finish. Teammate Christine Cohick was third at 17:56.27.
To cap the day, the Quakers claimed the title in the 4x400-meter relay. Penn beat Temple to the finish line and claimed the victory on its home track with a time of 3:47.73.
Senior Renee McDougall was the runner-up to Brown in the 200 meters with her time of 25.32. McDougall was also the runner up in the 400 meters. She ran the event for the first time this year and finished with a mark of 58.15 - which was just 35 hundreths from Columbia's Miata Morlu.
Senior Victoria Strickland was fourth in the 800 meters with a finish of 2:13.07. Senior Paige Madison was third in the 400-meter hurdles. The school record holder in the event, Madison finished with a time of 1:01.61 in her debut in the event.
In the field events, junior Charlotte Pope was third in the shot put at 12.35 meters (40-06.25 ft.). Sophomore Morgan Wheeler finished third in the javelin. She reached 41 meters for the second straight week with a toss of 41.79 meters (137-01 ft.). Freshman Annie Holland was the silver medalist in the high jump with her leap of 1.65 meters (5-05 ft.).
Penn has a week off before returning to Franklin Field for the Penn Invite on Saturday, April 7, and the P-Y-P meet against Princeton and Yale a week later.