Women's Track and Field Places Sixth at The Armory


NEW YORK, N.Y. -In the final warm-up before returning to the Armory for the 2011 Indoor Heptagonal Championships in two weeks, the University of Pennsylvania women's indoor track and field team finished sixth at the Armory Invitational Saturday night in New York City.

The Quakers placed sixth of the 14 teams that scored with 36 points. Columbia won the meet with 166.5 points, followed by Virginia, Brown, Maryland and Albany.

In the 60 meters alone, three Quakers moved up in the school record books. Sophomore Nony Onyeador and freshman Gabrielle Piper each scored in the event. Piper finished seventh with a career-best time of 7.72. That mark also stands as third all-time in Penn history. Onyeador was eighth with a collegiate-best effort of 7.85, placing her seventh all-time at Penn. In fact, six current Quakers are now in Penn's all-time top 10 in the event as junior Emily Townsend reached the No. 10 position with her finish of 7.92.

Piper, along with sophomore Amber Scott, each scored in the 60-meter hurdles. Piper set another career-best with a time of 8.96. It was good enough for seventh overall and also improves upon her sixth-place time in the Penn record books. Scott moved in right behind Piper in that record book with the best time of her career - 9.00 to place sixth at the meet and seventh in Penn history.

Junior Paige Madison scored in the 400 meters with a seventh-place finish of 57.26, while junior Veronica Salcido added three points in the 800 meters with a sixth-place finish of 2:15.50.

The 4x400-meter relay team placed second. Madison, Renee McDougall, Victoria Strickland and Kali Strother raced to a finish of 3:51.40

Junior Catherine Okoukoni recorded the best long jump of her career. She landed at 5.63 meters (18-05.75 ft.) on her third attempt. That mark placed her third overall in the event. She also scored in the triple jump with her fourth jump. It measured 11.71 meters (38-05 ft.) and placed her eighth.

Junior Kristen Judge and sophomore Morgan Wheeler each finished in the top seven in the high jump. Both cleared the bar at 1.65 meters (5 feet, 5 inches), with Judge finishing without a miss to place fourth and Wheeler earning a seventh-place finish.

Sophomore Davielle Brown was seventh in the pole vault. She cleared the bar at 3.40 meters (11-01.75 ft.) on her second attempt.

In two weeks, the Quakers return to the Armory for the 2011 Indoor Heptagonal Championships.