HANOVER, N.H. - A pair of runner-up finishes and several new Top 10 marks highlighted the final day of competition for the University of Pennsylvania track and field teams at the 2014 Heptagonal Championships inside Dartmouth's Leverone Field House.
Senior Gabrielle Piper was the Heptagonal runner-up in the women's 60-meter hurdles. The Marietta, Ga., native scored in the event for the fourth straight year. She had the top time in the trials at 8.61 and bested that effort in the finals with a finish of 8.52 -- just three-tenths behind the champion and her school record time of 8.49.
Sophomore Drew Magaha was also a runner-up on Sunday. Just one day after posting the eighth-fastest time in school history in the men's 500 meters, Magaha topped that effort and now ranks sixth all-time at Penn with his finish of 1:03.94. It was just four-tenths of a second behind the winner. In the past decade, the only Quaker with a better time was Tim Carey in 2010 (1:03.84).
Seniors Maalik Reynolds and Nate Harriger each finished fifth in the men's high jump to score for the Quakers. The duo each cleared the bar at 2.04 meters (6 feet, 8 1/4 inches). Both cleared the bar on their first attempt and the height matched a career best for Harriger.
The Quakers scored in all three men's relays. In the distance medley relay, Keaton Naff, James Killian, Kirk Webb and Thomas Awad combined to finish third with a time of 9:50.13. The 4x800 relay was fourth at 7:39.52 and the 4x400 finished fifth in 3:23.55.
Both women's relays scored as well. Pauline Dabrowski, Chelsea Delaney, Ella Wurth and Ashley Montgomery finished the 4x800 relay in 9:00.56 to place fifth. To cap the meet, Lydia Ali, Rachel Hlatky, Taylor Hennig and Noel Jancewiczcombined for a third-place finish of 3:47.56 in the 4x400 relay.
Jancewicz also scored in the high jump for the Red and Blue. She tied for sixth when she cleared the bar at 1.67 meters (5-05.75 ft.). In the women's shot put, Nailah Hill was 10th, but moved into ninth all-time at Penn with a toss of 12.83 meters (42-01.25 ft).
In the men's 5,000 meters, sophomore Brendan Smith finished just outside the scoring, but posted the eighth-best time in Penn history with a finish of 14:33.75. Sophomore Sam Mattis was just one spot out of the scoring in the men's weight throw, but improved his ninth-place standing in the school record book with a career-best toss of 17.32 meters (56-10 ft.).
On the first day of competition, Awadwas third in the men's 3,000 meters and Jancewiczwas third in the pentathlon.
As a team, both the men and women placed seventh. The men finished with 28 points, while the wome totaled 22.5 points.