PHILADELPHIA - Sophomore Gabrielle Piper earned first-team All-Ivy for the second time in her career, while senior Leah Brown earned second-team honors in two events and senior Paige Madison garnered All-Ivy in the 400-meter hurdles for the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team. The awards were announced by the Ivy League office on Monday following the conclusion of Sunday's 2012 Outdoor Heptagonal Championships at Franklin Field.
Piper, who was a first-team All-Ivy selection after she won the heptagonal title in the 60-meter hurdles at the indoor championships, claimed her second Heps title on Sunday with a victory in the 100-meter hurdles. The Marietta, Ga., native got off to a fast start off the blocks and the rest of the field couldn't close in before Piper broke the tape at 14.09. Piper is third all-time in the event and has now earned five All-Ivy honors in her career.
Brown, who is a part of two school record-holding relay teams at Penn, earned second-team All-Ivy accolades in the 100 meters and 200 meters. The Virginia Beach, Va., native finished as the runner-up with career-best performances in each event. In the 100 meters, Brown matched a personal best and the fourth-fastest time in the history of the program at 12.03. Then the co-captain finished the 200 meters at 24.28 to set a career best and improve upon her third-place standing in the school record book. Brown finishes her career with six All-Ivy awards.
Madison is the only woman in Penn history to break 60 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles. She did so again on Sunday when her time of 59.21 earned her a second-place finish in the event. This is the seventh time the Pioneer High School product has been named All-Ivy and the second time she's earned the accolade in an individual event.
The top Ivy League performers in each individual event and the top team in each relay event earn selection to the All-Ivy League indoor track and field first team. The second Ivy finishers earn second-team honors.
Piper, Madison and Brown are among the Penn qualifiers that will head to Princeton, N.J., for the ECAC Championships at Weaver Stadium, May 11-12.