NEW YORK CITY- The Penn women's track team broke two school records and had six individuals and two relays qualify for the ECAC Championships at The Armory Friday night. The Quakers, along with Princeton, defeated Rutgers and Seton Hall, 301-243, in the first ever Ivy League/Big East Challenge.
Christina Morrison broke the eight-year-old 1,000 record by two seconds. The junior middle distance runner won the event in a time of 2:50.92, besting her own personal record by almost five seconds and qualifying her for ECACs. Jeanette Curtis, meanwhile,broke her own school record in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.78 seconds en route to a second-place finish. Her time is one-tenth of a second faster thanher previous mark and is also an ECAC qualifying time.
Sophomore Claire Kimwon the mile with an ECAC-qualifying time of 4:47.06.Classmates Jesse Carlin and Shaunee Morgan went 2-3 in the 200; both Quakers crossed the finish line in an ECAC-qualifying time of 25.06 seconds, the second-fastest time in theevent in program history. The distance medley relay team of Carlin, freshman Leah Brogan, Morrison and sophomore Stacy Kimalso won with an ECAC-qualifying time of 11:44.63, the fifth-best time in program history. The foursome of Carlin, sophomore Brittany Middlebrooks, Morgan and senior Dana McCurdy took second in the 4x400 relay with an ECAC qualifying time of 3:50.39. In the long jump, freshman Whitney Tagliavini took second with an ECAC-qualifying jump of 5.70 meters, the 10th-best jump in school history.
Senior Charity Payne finished second in the shot put (13.28 meters) and third in the 20 lb. weight (14.74 meters). Stacy Kim crossed the finish line second in the 3,000in a time of 9:59.03, while sophomore Jamie Liberti was fourth(10:06.97)and freshman Kinjal Parikh was fifth (10:25.38). McCurdy was third in the 500 in a time of 1:15.73, while Hayley Cusack was fifth. Senior Lauren Davis was fifth in the pole vault with a height of 3.15 meters. Freshman Colleen DeBenedetto was fifth in the long jump, and Middlebrooks was sixth. De Benedetto also was fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 11.07 meters,and classmate Chelsea Townes was second in the high jump with a height of 1.55 meters. Rookie Charlotte Lawson was sixth in the 800 with a time of2:22.17. Emily Muncy-Kelly finish sixth in the 400, while freshman Madeleine Evans was eighth.
Penn returns to action Feb. 4 at the Yale Invitational in New Haven, Conn.