NEW YORK, N.Y. - Senior Victoria Strickland, sophomore Gabrielle Piper and junior Jillian Hart each reached or improved their ECAC qualifying marks Friday night at the Great Dane Classic. The University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team finished ninth at the historic Armory Track and Field Center.
There were 25 teams that earned points at the meet. The Quakers garnered a Top 10 finish with 33.4 points. Connecticut won for the second straight week at the Armory. The Huskies were the only team to top 100 points and totaled 114.2.
Hart had a career day. She set a collegiate best, qualified for the ECAC Championships and moved into a tie for third-place in the school record book. She set a personal best when she passed the bar at 3.45 meters on her second effort. At the next height, she cleared 3.60 meters (11 feet, 9 3/4 inches) to earn an eighth-place finish at the meet. That mark also tied her with current teammates Brooke Hamscher and Davielle Brown on Penn's all-time indoor list.
Sophomore Gabrielle Piper won her heat in the 60-meter hurdles and advanced to the finals with a time of 8.76. She then posted a season-best time of 8.75 in the final heat. That mark placed her sixth at the meet and improved upon her ECAC qualifying time. Piper also scored in the 60 meters. She qualified for the finals in that event with a time of 7.79 and then finished eighth overall with a time of 7.73 in the finals.
Strickland posted her ECAC qualifying mark in the 800 meters. She finished as the runner-up in the event with a season-best time of 2:11.45.
Senior Kristen Judge and freshman Annie Holland each scored in the high jump for the second week in a row. Both cleared the bar at 1.65 meters (5-05 ft.) to finish in a five-way tie for sixth-place.
In the 5,000 meters, freshman Lauren Kester scored with a fifth-place finish of 18:28.83. And in the 3,000 meters, sophomore Christine Cohick added two points for the Red and Blue with a seventh-place finish of 10:01.25.
Freshman Lydia Ali finished fouth in the 400 meters with a time of 57.23. She won her heat with that time and earned the Quakers another five points.
Senior Catherine Okoukoni scored in the triple jump with a seventh-place finish of 5.51 meters (18-01 ft.).
The Quakers remained strong in the 4x400-meter relay. Ali, Leah Brown, Paige Madison and Renee McDougall combined to finish third with a time of 3:50.44.
Next week the Quakers will head to State College, Pa., for the Penn State National Invitational, Jan. 27-28.