Women's Track & Field Dents Record Book at Day One of Heps

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BOSTON, Mass. - Senior Davielle Brown scored for the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team on the first day of the 2013 Indoor Heptagonal Championships when she matched a personal best in the pole vault. The Quakers also advanced five sprinters to Sunday's finals at Gordon Track.

Championship Sunday begins with the triple jump at 11 a.m., and the track events start with the mile at 12:30 p.m. The 2013 Heptagonal team champion will be announced around 4:30 p.m. For live updates and results throughout the meet, see the link atop this release.

At Heps, the top eight advance past the preliminaries and the top-six finishers will score in the finals of each event on Sunday. Most event finals will take place on Sunday.

Brown finished fourth in the pole vault when she cleared 3.80 meters (12 feet, 5 1/2 inches). She did so on her second attempt and matched a collegiate best which also ranks second all-time at Penn. It is just one centimeter shy of the school record held by current volunteer coach Samantha Crook.

Penn was dominant in the short sprints. Three of the eight qualifiers in the 60-meter hurdles were Quakers. Junior Gabrielle Piper, senior Amber Scott and freshman Eliana Yankelev each advanced to Championship Sunday in the event. Piper was second in her heat and third overall at 8.63. Scott set a new personal best with the fifth-fastest time in school history (8.87), while Yankelev did the same with the eighth-fastest time in Penn history (8.95).

Two more Quakers qualified for the finals of the 60 meters. Sophomore Heather Bong moved up in the school record books with a qualifying time of 7.73. That ranks her sixth all-time at Penn, while sophomore Princess Lydia Ali, who entered the meet ranked fourth in Penn history in the event was third among qualifiers at 7.68.

Bong also qualified for the finals of the 200 meters when she won her heat with a career-best time of 25.21. That was the best mark of the season for a Quaker and ranks eighth all-time in school history.

Freshman Elyssa Gensib was just outside the scoring in the 5,000 meters, but she also dented the school record book. Gensib became just the sixth woman in Penn history to break 17 minutes in the event with her 13th-place time of 16:57.30. That places her fifth all-time at Penn.

The Quakers are in seventh place in the team standings following the first day of competition with four points. Cornell is in the lead after Day One with 35 points followed by Harvard's 29.

A full recap of the 2013 Indoor Heptagonal Championships will be available at PennAthletics.com shortly after the completion of Sunday's events.