Three Women's Tracksters Win at Bison Opener


LEWISBURG, Pa. - The University of Pennsylvania women’s track team opened the 2005-06 indoor track and field season on Saturday at the Bison Opener at Bucknell University. The Quakers won three events and 11 student-athletes placed in the top-six.

Sophomores Shaunee Morgan and Jesse Carlin won the 200 and 500, respectively. Morgan crossed the finish line in 26:04, which was .13 seconds faster than her nearest competitor. Carlin finished in 1:14.32. Classmate Jamie Liberti was the top finisher in the 3,000; she finished in a time of 10:12.05, which was four seconds better than the second place finisher.

Junior Christina Morrison took third in the 1,000 in a time of 2:59.87. Rookie Leah Brogan placed sixth with a time of 10:25.03. Junior Jeanette Curtis took sixth in the 60-meter hurdles and Madeline Evans was sixth in the 500. Morgan also finished sixth in the 60-meter dash.

In the field events, freshman Whitney Tagliavini finished second in the long jump with a leap of 19’00.5 (5.80 meters), which ties for the fourth best jump in Penn program history. Senior Lauren Davis took fifth in the pole vault with a vault of 10’4 (3.15 meters). The Quakers took third and fourth in both the triple jump and the shot put -- freshman Camille Richard was third with a leap of 37’03.75 (11.37), while Collette De Benedetto was fourth with a leap of 37’01.25 (11.31). In the shot put, senior Charity Payne was third with a throw of 44’0.75 (13.43) and junior Shani Boston was fourth with a toss of 43’04.25 (13.21). Boston’s throw was a personal best and the third-best throw in Penn history.

The foursome of Carlin, Morgan, Kara Kopp and Lauren Blake took sixth in the 4x400, relay that took third place.

Penn returns to action after the holiday break at the Army Invitational in West Point, N.Y.