Heptagonal Championship Central w/live blog
PHILADELPHIA - For the first time since 2007, the Indoor Heptagonal Championships return to the historic Armory in New York City. This will mark the fourth trip to the facility this season for the University of Pennsylvania women's indoor track and field team as they prepare for the Ivy championship meet this Saturday and Sunday.
Competition begins Saturday at 10 a.m., with the weight throw and the first event in the pentathlon (60-meter hurdles). The first day of action finishes with semifinals of the 200-meter dash at 2:40 p.m. 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.
Last year at the Indoor Heptagonals, Penn finished sixth. Then-sophomore Paige Madison finished the 60-meter hurdles in 8.89, breaking the nine-second barrier for the first time in her career. Her third-place finish moved her into fifth in the Penn record books. Kathryn Gevitz won the heptagonal title in the triple jump, while Madison, Victoria Strickland, Renee McDougall and Jamie Massarelli all earned second-team honors with a runner-up finish in the 4x400-meter relay.
Two weeks ago at the Armory, the Quakers placed sixth of the 14 teams. 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.
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.