Women's Track and Field Dents Record Book


NEW YORK, N.Y. - Several members of the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team made moves in the school record book at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational this weekend at the historic Armory in New York, N.Y.

Freshman Gabrielle Piper ran the 60 meters in 7.79 to place ninth. That was a career-best effort and improved upon her fifth-place mark in the Penn record book, which had stood at 7.80. Piper also finished ninth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.03. Nony Onyeador also moved up in the record books in the event. She finished 30th with a career-best effort of 7.91. That time moved her from 10th to ninth all-time at Penn in the 60 meters.

Charlotte Pope made the biggest moves in the record books. She had a collegiate-best toss of 15.98 meters in the weight throw. It placed her 20th in a field of 40, but also marked the fifth-best throw in Penn history. Pope, who was seventh in the event in the school record books prior to the weekend, just missed joining a club of only four Quakers to reach 16 meters in the event.

Kristen Judge finished in a tie for first in the high jump with two other jumpers and placed second after the tiebreakers were calculated. Each of the three cleanly passed the bar at 1.65 meters.

Penn was third in the distance medley relay. Of the 17-team field, the Quakers were seven seconds off the pace of Columbia's winning time, finishing in 11:50.98.

Sophomore Leslie Kovach was ninth in the 3,000 meters. She broke the 10-minute mark once again with a time of 9:59.06. Freshman Christine Cohick was eighth in Eastern 3,000 meters. She finished in 10:20.77.

Megan Powell was ninth in the 5,000 meters. She was one of the 11 competitors in the field of 29 to break 18 minutes in the event. Powell came across the finish line in 17:53.19.

There is one more meet before the Heptagonal Championships at the end of February. Penn's last tune-up is back at the Armory on Saturday at the Armory Invitational.