LEWISBURG, Pa. - Junior Laura Steel won the mile for the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team at the Bison Opener Saturday afternoon, while several Quakers rearranged the Penn record books in the team's first meet of the 2010-11 season.
In the mile at Bucknell's Gerhard Fieldhouse, Steel won the event with a time of 5:14.84. She edged Bucknell's Beth Braunegg on her home track by a little more than two seconds.
In her first collegiate meet, freshman Gabrielle Piper placed her name in the Penn record books - twice. In the 60-meter hurdles, she finished the preliminaries in 9.03. That time stands as seventh-best in Penn history as she eventually finished third in the finals at 9.04. Then, in the 60 meters, she sprinted to another third-place finish with her time of 7.83 - the sixth-best time in school history. Also in that event, Nony Onyeador finished seventh with the ninth-best time in Penn history at 7.95. Prior to the meet, only 11 Quakers had ever broken the eight-second barrier in the 60 meters, but with Leah Brown's fifth-place finish of 7.87, three Quakers had accomplished the feat on the same day.
In the 800 meters, junior Adriane McCray claimed second with a time of 2:20.53, while junior Victoria Strickland was second in the 500 meters at 1:16.35, placing her seventh in the event in Penn's indoor record book.
Jillian Hart also got into the record books with her pole vault of 3.30 meters (10 feet, 10 inches). It ranks as a tie for ninth-place all-time at Penn and placed her in a tie for second at the meet.
Kristen Judge tied for second in the high jump. She passed the bar at 1.60 meters (5-03 ft.) on her third attempt to finish in a tie for the runner-up position.
Sophomore Charlotte Pope had the seventh-best toss in school history in the shot put. Her fourth throw of the day landed at 12.73 meters (41-09.25 ft.) to place her sixth on the day.
Junior Renee McDougall was third in the seldom-run 300 meters with a finish of 41.82, and Penn's 4x400-meter relay team finished third in 3:57.80.
Penn is next in action in January when they head to the Navy Open in Annapolis, Md., on the 15th.