Women's Track & Field Sets School Record, Wins Millrose Invitational

Millrose Collegiate Invitational Results

Millrose Games Results

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. - In the final meet prior to the Heptagonal Championships, the University of Pennsylvania women's indoor track and field team broke a 23-year-old school record in the sprint medley relay and won the team title at the Millrose Collegiate Inviataional at the Armory Saturday.

Penn won the meet with 117.5 points. Maryland was the only other team over 100 points with 106. Columbia was a distant third with 85.5 points.

During the Millrose Games, Penn won the sprint medley relay at one of the most prestigious meets in the country and, in the process, broke the school record set in 1988. Senior Renee McDougall ran the 400 in the opening leg and handed to senior Leah Brown. Brown and sophomore Gabrielle Piper each finished a 200-meter leg. Then, with the Quakers in third, senior Victoria Strickland took the baton, and sprinted past the two frontrunners and across the finish line to win the meet and stop the clock at 4:01.98. It broke the old mark of 4:02.30.

Earlier in the day, Piper posted the second-fastest 60 meters in school history. She was already fourth all-time at Penn in the event with a previous personal best of 7.69. But her sprint of 7.65 has been eclipsed by just one other Quaker in the history of the program. She matched teammate Leah Brown's time from 2009 and is only behind Shaunee Morgan's 7.58 effort in 2008. Piper also finished second in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.77.

Penn's relay teams continued to shine this season. The 4x400 and 4x800-meter relays each posted victories for the Quakers. The 4x400 finished with the fourth-best time in school history. Heather Bong, Brown, McDougall and Strickland once again dented the record book with a winning time of 3:47.64. The 4x800 squad finished in 9:38.66 to give the Quakers a clean sweep in the relays.

Junior Leslie Kovach qualified for ECAC's with her sixth-place effort in the 3,000 meters. She finished in a season-best time of 9:47.85 to earn another three points for the Red and Blue.

Senior Veronica Salcido also reached the ECAC mark. She did so with a third-place finish in the 800 meters. Her time of 2:14.23 was the best of her indoor season so far.

Senior Catherine Okoukoni was second in the long jump and third in the triple jump. Her leap of 5.35 meters (17 feet, 6 3/4 feet) in the long jump was just two centimeters shy of winning the meet. Her best effort in the triple jump landed at 11.75 meters (38-06.75 ft.).

Junior Charlotte Pope scored in both the shot put and the weight throw with seventh-place showings in each event. Senior Kristen Judge was third in the high jump as she cleared the bar at 1.70 meters (5-07 ft.) for the third straight week.

The Quakers have one weekend off to prepare for the 2012 Indoor Heptagonal Championships in Ithaca, N.Y., Feb. 25-26.