STATE COLLEGE, Pa.--Senior Stacy Kim clocked the second fastest time in the mile while Shaunee Morgan topped her personal bestalso Penn’s bestin the 200 meter dash at the Penn State National Open. They along with the Penn women's track team competed Friday and Saturday in State College, Pa.
Morgan sped to a 24.93 finish in the 200 meter dash beating her personal best (24.95) set last season. Before Morgan held Penn’s record, Christelle Williams who held the mark for 20 years.
Another mark, over 20 years old came close to being knocked off as Kim finished the mile in a time of 4:51.71good for second in Penn’s records. Kate O’Hern ran the mile in a time of 4:46.61 in 1985 and holds the record.
Junior Jesse Carlin who had only run the 800 meter eventa handful of times in her career, stuck an impressive2:08.61 to earn a provisional NCAA qualification and claim Penn's top spot, knocking off O'Hern's 1984 finish of 2:09.62.
The freshmen continued to excel as newcomers Jamie Massarelli and Kimberly Shooshan comprised half of the distance medley team that placed seventh in the event with a time of 12:14.23. Sophomore Charlotte Lawson and junior Jamie Liberti rounded out the group.
Meanwhile in the field events, Liza Lozovatskaya improved her personal best to 3.36m in the pole vault. Fellow freshmen, Megan VanBuskirk and Kathryn Gevitz also showed promise in the jumps.
The Quakers head to New Haven, Conn., for the Yale Invitational, Feb. 2-3.