Women's Track & Field Shines at Armory


NEW YORK, N.Y. - Junior Gabrielle Piper and freshman Theresa Picciallo posted victories for the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team at the Armory Friday night in the Lafayette/Rider Invitational.

Piper was tops in the 60-meter hurdles. She blew away the field for her second win in the event this season. Her time of 8.77 was tops in her heat and among the 17 competitors. The nearest finisher was almost a full tenth of a second behind. Piper also finished fourth in the 60 meters at 7.84, while senior Nony Onyeador was the runner-up at 7.79 and sophomore teammate Lydia Ali was fifth at 7.87.

Picciallo was in second in the shot put after her first throw. But that didn't last long. As the only competitor to pass 13 meters, she did so on each of her next five throws and led the rest of the way. Her top toss was her third when it landed at 13.51 meters (44 feet, 4 inches). Freshman Serena Graf was third at 12.94 meters (42-05.50 ft.).

Senior Davielle Brown nearly broke the school record once again. She had three attempts at 3.90 meters but came up just short of becoming the first Quaker to ever pass that bar in the indoor pole vault. Brown did not have a miss until that bar and finished second at 3.75 meters (12-03.50 ft.).

Two more Quakers posted ECAC qualifying times. In the 800 meters, sophomore Ariana Tabatabaie was fourth. She stopped the clock at a career-best 2:14.11 to hit the mark needed to reach the postseason meet. Meanwhile in the 1,000 meters, junior Chelsea Delaney reached the ECAC time with a finish of 2:55.80. She was just a few strides away from winning the event, but finished as the runner-up.

For most of the Quakers, Friday marked the final meet before the Heptagonal Championships in Cambridge, Mass., Feb. 23-24. Some Quakers will compete at Princeton next week in the Tigers' invitational.