Women's Track and Field Places Seventh at Indoor Heps

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NEW YORK, N.Y. - Freshman Gabrielle Piper set a school record and scored in two events for the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team on Sunday at the Armory as the Quakers finished seventh at the 2011 Indoor Heptagonal Championships in New York City.

Princeton won the meet 2011 Indoor Heps team title with 128 points. Columbia was the runner-up with 123 points, while the Quakers accumulated 27.33 points to place seventh.

Piper was the runner-up with the fastest time in Penn history in the 60-meter hurdles. Her effort of 8.64 topped the old school record of 8.75 - set by Piper on Saturday, which beat out Jeanette Curtis' time of 8.78 from 2006. Piper also placed fourth in the 60 meters with a career-best time of 7.69. That mark is the third-best time in school history and earned the Quakers four points.

Junior Paige Madison scored in the 400 meters. She placed fourth with her time of 56.03. Madison also helped the Quakers get into the scoring in the 4x400-meter relay. Along with Kali Strother, Leah Brown and Catherine Okoukoni, the Red and Blue finished in 3:50.02 to place sixth.

Junior Kristen Judge scored in the high jump. She finished in a tie for fourth place when she cleared 1.66 meters (5 feet, 5.25 inches) on her first attempt. Only three competitors cleared the next bar.

Junior Catherine Okoukoni and sophomore Morgan Wheeler each scored on the first day of competition. Wheeler was third in the heptathlon, while Okoukoni was second in the long jump. On Sunday, Okoukoni scored in the triple jump with a sixth-place finish. She made the finals with a leap of 12.02 meters and on her final jump of the day, she landed at 12.30 meters (40-04.25 ft.) to secure her place in the scoring.

For those who qualified, the ECAC championships will be held next weekend in Boston, Mass.