Women's Track & Field Reaches Record Book at Two Meets

Penn State Results | Navy Results

STATE COLLEGE, Pa./ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Behind several all-time top-10 performances, the University of Pennsylvania indoor women's track and field team saw success at two meets on Saturday afternoon. The Quakers split this weekend between the Penn State National meet and Navy's Wesley A. Brown Invitational.

Senior Victoria Strickland had a breakout day at Penn State, which started with her winning effort in the 500 meters. She claimed victory and qualified for ECAC's in the event with the third-best time in school history. The Chevy Chase, Md., native entered the weekend fifth all-time at Penn in the 500 meters, but topped her previous best by nearly two full seconds with a finish of 1:14.26.

In the Quakers' final event at Penn State, Strickland moved into third-place all-time at Penn in another event. She did so in the 4x400-meter relay along with teammates Paige Madison, Lydia Ali and Renee McDougall. The foursome raced to a finish of 3:47.11 - the fastest finish for Penn since 2006. It improved upon Penn's ECAC mark and placed the Quakers eighth overall at the meet.

In the field events, senior Kristen Judge had the best jump of her career to finish in a tie for seventh in the high jump. It also placed her in a tie for sixth all-time at Penn. Judge is the sixth member in the history of the program to clear 1.70 meters (5 feet, 7 inches) at an indoor meet. That mark qualified her for the ECAC Championships.

At Penn State on Friday, sophomore Christine Cohick reached the school record books in the 5,000 meters. She finished third at the meet among collegians and fourth overall. Her personal-best effort of 17:20.45 slides her into 10th place on Penn's all-time list. It also qualified her for the ECAC's in early March.

The 4x800-meter relay and sophomore Jillian Hart also garnered season-best performances at Penn State. They each reached the ECAC mark as well. The relay team did so with a third-place finish of 9:11.85, while Hart topped last week's effort where she set a collegiate best, qualified for the ECAC Championships and moved up in the school record book. She did all of the above again this week. With her fifth-place finish, her ECAC and personal-best mark improved to 3.65 meters (11-11.75 ft.). Only two other members of the Red and Blue have ever surpassed the bar at that height indoors.

The Quakers sent the rest of their sprinters to Navy, where they simply dominated. Penn took four of the top five spots in the 60 meters. Junior Nony Onyeador won the event with a time of 7.89. Then in the 60-meter hurdles, junior Amber Scott took the title with a finish of 9.28, while sophomore Cyndney Gillon was second at 9.58. Freshman Heather Bong won the 200 meters at 25.66 and Onyeador was third at 26.25.

The trek toward the 2012 Indoor Heptagonal Championships continues next week when the Quakers head back to the historic Armory Track & Field Center in New York City for the New Balance Invitational, Feb. 3-4.