NEW YORK, N.Y. - Facing some of the most talented competition in the nation, the University of Pennsylvaniva women's indoor track and field team had several individuals and a relay place within the top 10 of their respective events this weekend at the New Balance Invitational at the historic Armory facility in New York City.
Featuring many of the top teams in the country, the New Balance Invitational is widely considered to be the most competitive indoor meet in the nation. Many of the sprinting events featured more than 70 participants.
Freshman Charlotte Pope improved upon her seventh-best weight throw in school history. Pope moved into the record book last week and bested her throw Saturday with a toss of 15.62 meters (51 feet, 3 inches). With that throw, she moved out of a tie and into sole possession of the seventh place in the school record book.
In the 4x200 relay, senior Halloran Cope, sophomore Kesi Irvin, junior Kali Strother and freshman Nony Onyeador were just 24-hundreths of a second behind the school record. The team's time of 1:44.29 placed them 11th in the event and second in Penn's all-time record book.
The 4x400 relay team placed fourth, nearly posting the Quakers' best time this season. Saturday's foursome finished at 3:49.89. The 4x800 relay may have been even more impressive. Seniors Anna Aagenes and Kellee Hand, and freshman Kim Condino and Veronica Salcido qualified for the ECAC Championships with their time of 9:22.75, placing 11th.
Also on the second day of competition, senior Kathryn Gevitz was ninth in the triple jump as her best effort measured 11.70 meters (38-04.75 ft.).
On Friday, in a field of 62 runners, sophomore Leah Brown placed fifth in the 60-meter dash. Her time of 7.71 was the best in her heat, but was just short of the ECAC Championship-mark of 7.68.
Against 78 competitors in the 400 meters, sophomore Paige Madison had an impressive 10th-place showing. She won her heat with her time of 56.81 and became the second Quaker to reach the ECAC's in the event (Strother was the first). Not too long thereafter, Strother was seventh in the 200 meters with her time of 25.03.
Friday's field events were highlighted by an eighth-place showing from freshman Davielle Brown in the pole vault, finishing at 3.45 meters (11-03.75 ft.), and sophomore Kristen Judge's ninth-place finish in the high jump at 1.65 meters (5-05 ft.).
Next week, the Quakers will be right back at the Armory for the Armory Duals Feb. 13.