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PHILADELPHIA -On the second day of competition at the 119th edition of the Penn Relays, the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team finished fifth in the ECAC finals of the 4x100 relay with the third-fastest time in school history.
There were 39,103 in attendance at Franklin Field on Friday for a two-day total of 62,413 - well on the way to eclipsing 100,000 fans for the 10th straight year and the 13th time in the last 14 years at the world's oldest and largest relay carnival.
The Quakers reached Friday's ECAC final with a second-place finish in their heat and 17th-place finish overall on Thursday afternoon at 46.87. However, the same foursome of Gabrielle Piper, Rachel Hlatky, Nony Onyeador and Heather Bong topped that time in the final. They finished fifth at 46.18 - which is the third-fastest 4x100 in program history and just 15 hundreths of a second off the school record.
Penn was also fifth in the seldom-run shuttle hurdle relay. The Quakers were second in their heat behind an effort of 59.13 by Piper, Amber Scott, Cydney Gillon, and Eliana Yankelev.
In the triple jump on Friday afternoon, Lauren Anderson was 11th among 28 competitors. She narrowly missed the finals on her last jump which measured 11.51 meters (37-09.25 ft.).
Also on the first day of competition, freshman Theresa Picciallo set the school record in the shot put, senior Morgan Wheeler posted the second-best throw in school history in the javelin and freshman Elyssa Gensib posted the fifth-best time in school history in the 3,000 meters.
Saturday will contain several more relays for the Quakers, including some Championship of America races, as well as several more field events for the Red and Blue. For a complete schedule of the events in which the Quakers will be participating, see the link at the top of this release.
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Penn at the Penn Relays
4x100 Relay: 5-Penn (46.87p, 46.18f)
4x400 Relay: 4-Penn (3:52.83)
Shuttle Hurdle Relay: 5-Penn (59.13)
400-Meter Hurdles: 54-Green (1:08.30)
3,000 Meters: 11-Gensib (9:39.28); 20-Diacont (10:03.86)
Pole Vault:11-Brown (3.65m)
Hammer: 14-Pope (48.98m); 18-Graf (47.34m)
Shot Put:5-Picciallo (14.47m); 23-Pope (12.51m)
Javelin Championship:4-Wheeler (46.26m)
Javelin College: 11-Jones (41.84m); 16-Hay (40.88m); 19-Graf (39.32m)
Triple Jump: 11-Anderson (11.51m); 26-Thompson (11.26m)