Women Tracksters Shatter Two School Records at Penn Invitational


Philadelphia – The University of Pennsylvania women’s track team made history on Franklin Field on Saturday afternoon at the 2005 Penn Invitational. The Quakers shattered two school record in the 4x400m relay and qualified for the NCAA Regional Meet in two events.

The Quakers started the meet off on the right foot when the quartet of Carlin, Morgan, Krysta Copeland and Emeagwali teamed up to establish a new Penn program record and finish second in the 4x100m relay with a time of 46.98. Penn did the same things in the final event of the day when the quartet of Jesse Carlin, Shaunee Morgan, Dana McCurdy and Izu Emeagwali shattered the school record in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:39.82 and took second behind Cornell. Their record breaking time qualifies the Quakers for both the ECAC Championships and the NCAA Regional event.

The Red and Blue had four individual winners on the day. Emeagwali took the top prize in the 100m with a time of 12.59, while Morgan won the 200m dash in 25.09 which is the sixth fastest time in program history. Senior Sam Crook cleared a height of 11’11.75” to take the top spot in the pole vault and sophomore Shani Boston won the long jump with a leap of 17’11.5”.

Penn had several other individuals finish in the top-five. McCurdy grabbed second in the 400m hurdles in a time of 1:02.28 which is the fourth fastest time in program history. Freshman Jesse Carlin took the second spot in the 400m with a time of 55.01 which is the second fastest time in school history. Sophomore Catrina Chisholm finished second in the hammer with a toss of 167’. Junior Charity Payne placed third in the discuss with a throw of 128’11”, fourth in the shot put with a heave of 42’8” and fourth in the javelin with a toss of 119’. Freshman Kim Claire placed fifth in the 1500m run in a time of 4:33.75 which also ranks third in the Penn record books. Morrison took fifth in the 800m in a time of 2:08.59, which is the second fastest time in program history and an NCAA Regional qualifying mark. Sophomore Jerrie Kumalah grabbed the fifth spot in the triple jump with a leap of 35’11.25”.

Penn hosts Yale and Princeton in an Ivy League match-up on April 16 at Franklin Field. The meet is slatted to start at 2:30 p.m.

Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications