Payne Defends Shot Put Title, Women's Track Places Fifth at Heps

Cambridge, Mass. – Junior Charity Payne captured her second consecutive shot put title and Jeanette Curtis broke Penn's 60m hurdle record as the University of Pennsylvania women’s track and field team placed fifth at the 2005 Indoor Heptagonal Championships this afternoon at Gordon Indoor Track.

Payne recorded a throw of 45 feet, 7 ¾ inches, the second-longest in Penn history, to successfully defend her shot put title. Brown’s Jill Lynch was the runner-up with a toss of 45 feet, 2 ½ inches in her final attempt.

Curtis, a sophomore,placed second in the 60m hurdles and broke the Penn record with a time of 8.79 seconds. Curtis’ time was just six-hundredths of a second off the winning mark of 8.73 seconds recorded by Cornell’s Stephanie King. The Quakers’ previous standard of 8.83 seconds in the 60m hurdles was set by JaJuan Gair in 1998.

Freshman Jesse Carlin finished fourth in the 400m with a time of 56.62 seconds. During yesterday’s semifinals, Carlin broke Penn’s 400m mark with a time of 56.27, eclipsing the previous of standard of 56.75 set by Jen Roy in 1997.

Senior Izu Emeagwali ran a time of 7.82 seconds to place fourth in the 60m dash. She then finished fifth in the 200m with a time of 25.47 seconds. In the 800m run, sophomore Christina Morrison finished sixth with a time of 2:18.16

The mile relay team of Emeagwali, Carlin, Shaunee Morgan and Krysta Copeland finished second in the event earning a time of 3:47.20.

On the first day of competition, senior Sam Crook placed second in the pole vault with a mark of 12 feet, 1 ½ inches, while sophomore Shani Boston was the runner-up in the pentathlon with 3,539 total points to qualify for the ECAC Championships. Boston also earned a fourth-place finish in the long jump, with a jump of 17 feet, 6 ¼ inches.

Cornell captured the Heptagonal Championships with 154 points, followed by Yale (74) and Columbia (63). Brown finished with 59 points, edging the Quakers by a point to finish in fourth. Dartmouth, who was leading after yesterday’s events, placed sixth with 48 points. Rounding out the field was Princeton (46) and Harvard (24).

Several members of the Quakers’ squad will compete at the 2005 ECAC Indoor Championships on March 4-6 in Boston, Mass.

-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant