Wheeler Wins for Women's Track & Field at Larry Ellis Invite


PRINCETON, N.J. - Junior Morgan Wheeler won the javelin for the University of Pennsylvania women's outdoor track and field team at Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational on Saturday. The 4x100-meter relay also posted the second-fastest time in school history.

Wheeler continues to rake in the accolades in the javelin. She posted a victory among the 22 competitors in the event Saturday and she had two throws that were good enough to win the meet. Her first throw was the best though. It landed at 43.78 meters (143 feet, 8 inches). That mark was never surpassed and Wheeler earned her spot atop the podium.

Penn's 4x100-meter relay of sophomore Gabrielle Piper, senior captain Leah Brown, senior Emily Townsend and junior Nony Onyeador finished just one-tenth shy of breaking the school record in the event. They were second overall at the meet with their time of 46.12. That is also second overall in the program's history. Only the 2010 ECAC Championships time of 46.03 was better. It even topped the time of 46.19 that stood as second-best all-time for just one week.

Townsend also vaulted up the Penn record books in the 100 meters. She finished in 12.01 to place in a tie for sixth. But more importantly, that effort ranks third all-time at Penn. Only Izu Emeagwali and Shaunee Morgan have posted a better mark in the 100 meters - both own the school record at 11.92.

Piper also moved up in the record books in the 100 meters. She finished in a time of 12.08 to place 11th overall. That personal-best mark now stands as the fifth-best in school history. Piper was also fourth in the 100-meter hurdles for the Quakers. She won her heat with a time of 14.16 - her best time of the season.

Senior captain Paige Madison continues to cut off time in the 400-meter hurdles. She reached a season-best in the event for the second straight week and continues to grow closer to her school record time. Madison was eighth with a time of 1:00.64.

In the 3,000 meters, sophomore Kersie Jhabvala was seventh with a time of 10:14.12. And in the 200 meters, Onyeador was 11th among 41 sprinters with her time of 25.02 - just five-hundreths from matching a personal best. Senior Veronica Salcido was sixth in the 1,500 meters with her time of 4:40.01.

The 4x400-meter relay was fifth among the 25 relay teams. Shakele Seaton, Madison, Adriane McCray and Strickland combined to finish in 3:46.76.

In other field events, senior Catherine Okoukoni finished in the top 10 in the long jump with a season-best effort of 5.46 meters (17-11 ft.). That placed her ninth overall.

On Friday night, Strickland finished 11th in the 800 meters. Out of the 60 competitors, Strickland just missed a top-10 finish by two-tenths of a second. She finished in 2:09.56, which was also just a second shy of her season-best.

Next up, Penn will once again play host to the world's largest and oldest relay carnival. The Penn Relays are set for April 26-28 at Franklin Field. You can buy tickets to the festivities here.