New York City The University of Pennsylvania women’s track team finished fifth at the 2005 Heptagonal Championships on Sunday afternoon at Wien Stadium on the campus of Columbia University. Freshman Shaunee Morganthe200mschool record en route to runner-up performances in the 100m and 200m dashes, while juniors Dana McCurdy and Charity Payne finished second in the 400m hurdles and shot put, respectively.
Morgan finished second in the 100m dash with a time of 11.92. Morgan followed up heroutstanding performance with a second-place showing in the 200m with a time of 24.14, which is .37 seconds faster than the 16-year old record held by Christelle Williams.
McCurdy improved upon her sixth-place finish a year ago, finishing as the runner up this season with a time of 1:02.07 in the 400m hurdles. Payne was second in the shot put with a heave of 13.30m (43’7.75”).
Emeagwali took third in the 100m dash with a time of 11.93. Freshman Jesse Carlin was third in the 400m race with a time of 55.03. Rookie Claire Kim placed fourth in the 3,000m run in a time of 9:56.37. In the 800m finals, sophomore Tina Morrison placed fifth with a time of 2:10.37. Sophomore Shani Boston picked up the fifth-place ribbon in the shot with a throw of 12.60m (41’4.25”), while Payne grabbed the sixth spot in the discus with a toss of 41.81m (137’2”). Payne’s mark in the discus is the fifth best throw in Penn history. Sophomore Krysta Copeland finished sixth in the 400m with a time of 57.77.
The quartet of Carlin, Copeland, Morgan and Emeagwail finished third in the 4x100m relay with a time of 47.76. Carlin, Morgan, McCurdy and Emeagwali teamed up to finish fifth in the 4x400m relay with a time of 4:03.81. The 4x800m relay team of Morrison, Stacy Kim, Jillian Connell and Rachel Daily took sixth with a time of 9:17.11.
Cornell won its four-consecutive title with 177.5 points. Host Columbia came in second with 110 points, followed by Brown in third with 107 points, Yale in fourth with 94 points and Penn in fifth with 84 points. Rounding out the scoring were Princeton in sixth (54.5), Dartmouth in seventh (45) and Harvard in eighth (41).
The Quakers travel to Princeton, N.J. for the 2005 ECAC Championships on May 13 and 14.
Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications.