Heptagonal Championship Central w/live blog
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Junior Catherine Okoukoni and sophomore Morgan Wheeler each scored for the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team on day one of the 2011 Indoor Heptagonal Championships. The Quakers finished with eight points Saturday afternoon at the historic Armory to place seventh heading into the second and final day of the meet on Sunday.
Princeton is the leader after the first day of competition with 54 points, while the Quakers rank seventh with their eight points.
Wheeler moved into fifth-place all-time in the Penn record books with her score of 3,410 points in the heptathlon. The effort placed her third at the meet and tallied six points for the Red and Blue. Wheeler was second in the shot put, third in the long jump and fourth in the high jump.
On her second leap of the day, Okoukoni measured the best jump of her collegiate career. Her effort measured 5.70 meters (18 feet, 8.5 inches) which placed her fourth after the first round. That performance stood as her best through the finals and held as fifth-best on the day for two team points. It also qualified her for the ECAC Championships.
Numerous Quakers qualified for Sunday's finals.
Freshman Gabrielle Piper and junior Emily Townsend did so in the 60 meters with the sixth and eighth-best preliminary times. Piper finished in 7.78, while Townsend had a time of 7.80. Piper also qualified for the finals in the 60-meter hurdles with the second-best time of the preliminaries (8.75).
Meanwhile, in the 400 meters, junior Paige Madison reached Sunday's finals as she finished sixth in the preliminaries at 56.57.
The final day of competition starts with the triple jump and shot put at 11:30 a.m. The meet is set to conclude Sunday at 4:20 p.m., when the 2011 Indoor Heptagonal champions will be crowned. Live results as well as a live blog are available throughout the weekend at the links above. A complete recap of Penn's performances can be found at PennAthletics.com following the conclusion of each day's events.