NEW YORK, N.Y. - Behind several impressive performances and freshman Christine Cohick's first collegiate victory, the University of Pennsylvania women's indoor track and field placed third in the Great Dane Classic Friday night at The Armory.
There were 18 teams that scored at the meet and the Quakers were third with 74.50 points. The host school, Albany, won the meet with 103 points, followed by runner-up Pittsburgh which finished with 92 points.
Cohick became the second freshman Quaker in as many years to win the 5,000 meters at this meet (Leslie Kovach did so with a meet record time of 17:08.46 in 2010). Cohick's winning time of 17:42.24 was followed closely by freshman Kersie Jhabvala's second-place effort of 17:45.04.
Freshman Brooke Hamscher had the third-best pole vault in school history. She passed the bar at 3.60 meters (11 feet, 9 3/4 inches) to place second. Sophomore Jillian Hart placed fourth with the sixth-best pole vault in school history. She passed the bar at 3.45 meters (11-03.75 ft.) to set a new collegiate best. Sophomore Davielle Brown passed the same height and finished sixth after the tiebreakers.
Kovach broke the five-minute mark in the mile for the first time in her career. She crossed the finish line in 4:59.11, which was just seven-tenths of a second off the ECAC qualifying mark and less than a second off the pace of the winner. The second-place finish earned eight team points for the Red and Blue. Junior Laura Steel and sophomore Margaret Diacont also scored in the mile for the Quakers. Steel was fifth with a time of 5:05.78, while Diacont came in shortly thereafter at 5:07.30 to place seventh.
The 4x400-meter relay reached the ECAC mark with a fifth-place finish of 3:51.14. The distance medley relay was fourth with a time of 12:46.96.
Sophomore Charlotte Pope moved up in the Penn record books in the shot put. Her toss of 12.81 meters (42-00.50 ft.) placed her 10th at the meet and moved her into seventh-place in Penn's all-time records.
In the 3,000 meters, sophomore Megan Powell was third. She finished in 10:22.15 to earn six points for Penn. Junior Catherine Okoukoni tallied five more points for the Quakers with a fourth place finish in the triple jump. Okoukoni's best leap measured 11.65 meters (38-02.75 ft.).
Junior Victoria Strickland was sixth in the 800 meters. Her time of 2:15.61 was the fastest of any Quaker this season and the best time of her collegiate career in the event.
Junior Leah Brown scored in the 60-meter dash with an eight-place time of 7.81. She ran 7.74 in the preliminaries.
Next week, the Quakers travel across the Keystone state to State College, Pa., for the Penn State National Open on Friday and Saturday.