Women's Track & Field Reorganizes Record Book in Opener


PHILADELPHIA - There was a lot of shifting in the school record book on Saturday as the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team hosted the Philadelphia College Classic at Franklin Field in the outdoor season opener.

On a sunny afternoon at one of track and field's most historic venues, the Quakers competed against their Big 5 counterparts and several other local colleges.

On her first javelin toss of 2013, junior Morgan Wheeler moved up to third in the school record book with the 20th best toss in the nation this year. It measured 45.72 meters (150 feet). That's the best mark in the event for any Quaker since Kai Ivory in 2004 and moves Wheeler up a spot in the record book past Robyn Fortsch. It also won the meet over several impressive throws from her teammates. Freshman Serena Graf was third with the sixth-best throw in school history at 42.87 meters (140-08 ft.). Meanwhile, freshman Kelsey Hay had the seventh-best toss at Penn with a mark of 42.16 meters (138-04 ft.).

In the shot put, Theresa Picciallo, who set the school standard in the indoor event earlier this year, had the fourth-best toss in Penn history. Her fourth toss of the day landed at 13.68 meters (44-10.75 ft.). It was tops in the field, including Graf, who finished just two centimeters shy of the school's top 10 with a second-place toss of 12.64 meters (41-05.75 ft.).

However, Graf had no trouble jumping into the heart of Penn's all-time top 10 in the hammer. Her opening toss of 49.33 meters (161-10 ft.) ranks third-best at Penn and stands as the school's top toss in the event since Catarina Chisholm in 2004.

Freshman Kaci Jones was close to reaching the school's all-time Top 10 as well. She was just three centimeters shy with her winning shot put of 40.69 meters 9133-06 ft.).

Senior Davielle Brown continued her impressive indoor season with a first-place showing in the pole vault. In her 2013 outdoor debut, she cleared 3.65 meters (11-11.75 ft.) on her third attempt.

On the track, Penn continued to make an impact in the record book. Junior Chelsea Delaney recorded the 10th-best time in school history in the 1,500 meters. She was the runner-up in the event with a finish of 4:33.03.

Sophomore Heather Bong matched the 10th-best time in school history in the 200 meters. She won the event as the only competitor to break 25 seconds and became the 11th Quaker to ever do so with a first-place mark of 24.99.

Freshman Gabby Cuccia was tops in the 800 meters. She won with a time of 2:12.99, which was a few strides better than her teammate and runner-up freshman Ariana Tabatabaie's (2:16.46). Freshman Rachel Hlatky and junior Gabrielle Piper were also winners for Penn. Hlatky won the 400 metes at 58.70 and Piper was tops in the 100-meter hurdles at 15.17.

Next week, the Quakers will split between the Widener Invitational and N.C. State's Raleigh Relays. The following week, Penn is in Gainsville, for the Florida Relays.