Women's Track & Field Excels at Lehigh


BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Senior Davielle Brown moved into second-place all-time at Penn in the indoor pole vault, while senior Nony Onyeador won the 60 meters, Jenny Thompson was victorious in the triple jump and junior Kersie Jhabvala was tops in the 3,000 meters for the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team Saturday at Lehigh.

Penn, which finished second as a team with 170 points behind Monmouth's 175.5, claimed the top two spots in the pole vault. Brown cleared the bar at 3.75 meters (12 feet, 3 1/2 inches) to set a career best. The only other Quaker to surpass that height in the indoor pole vault is current volunteer assistant jumps coach, Sam Crook, who has held the school record at 3.81 meters (12-06 ft.) since 2005. Senior Jillian Hart cleared 3.50 meters (11-05.75 ft.) for the second straight week to finish second.

Onyeador outraced Monmouth's Mariah Toussaint to the finish line in the 60 meters with a winning time of 7.77. That stood up in a photo finish to win by one-hundreth of a second. Junior Gabrielle Piper, who was the runner-up in the 60-meter hurdles with a season-best 8.72, finished third at 7.81. Onyeador was also the runner-up in the 200 meters at 26.16.

Jhabvala's stiffest competition in the 3,000 meters proved to be freshman teammate Nicole Ghazarian. The duo finished in the top two spots as Jhabvala posted the best time for any Quaker in the event this season at 10:25.53. Ghazarian was just off that pace and finished in 10:30.80 to claim runner-up status.

Thompson was the winner in the triple jump. Her winning leap of 10.96 meters (35-11.75 ft.) was a season-best and topped the nearest competitor by seven centimeters. Freshman Gillian Berger was fourth (10.82m) and sophomore Lauren Anderson was fifth (10.74m).

In the mile, freshman Elyssa Gensib, junior Chelsea Delaney and freshman Shannon McCarthy finished second, third and fourth, respectively. Gensib and Delaney nearly finished simultaneously, but the final timer had the rookie one-hundreth of a second in front at 5:13.64. McCarthy was not far behind at 5:14.51.

Another trio of Quakers finished as the runner-up. Senior Margaret Diacont was the second in the 5,000 meters with a mark of 18:21.39, while freshman Eliana Yankelev was the second-place finisher in the long jump at 5.39 meters (17-08.25 ft.). Freshman Theresa Picciallo was the runner-up in the shot put with a toss of 13.42 meters (44-00.50 ft.).

Sophomore Annie Holland matched her career-best in the high jump at 1.70 meters (5-07 ft.) to finish third. Senior Morgan Wheeler was fourth at 1.60 meters (5-03 ft.).

Next week, the Quakers return to one of track and field's most historic facilities where they will take part in College Night at the Armory II on Saturday.