Women's Track has Successful Three-Meet Tour in England

UNITED KINGDOM – The University of Pennsylvania women’s track and field team traveled to England for an 11-day trip in June, competing in three meets with Cornell. Despite a month layoff since the end of its spring season, Penn had a successful trip and won their last two meets.

There was a trio of second-place finishes on June 17 at the Welsh Senior Championships. Shaunee Morgan ran the 200m with a time of 24.86, Jesse Carlin in the 400m with a time of 54.56, and Dana McCurdy in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:01.04. Christina Morrison placed fourth in the 800m (2:16.18) while Stacy Kim placed third in the 3000m (9:48.30).

Down on the field, Shani Boston placed third in the long jump with a leap of 5.22m and tossed the shot 12.70m. Charity Payne had a pair of third place finishes in the shot put with a toss of 13.74m and discus (39.27m) while placing fourth in the javelin with 36.19m. Catrina Chisholm threw the hammer 47.91m.

On June 21, Penn traveled to Birmingham to compete in the second leg of its three-meet tour with Limerick and Birmingham. Three Quakers took first-place finishes. Morgan ran the 200m dash in 24.70, Carlin came in at 56.07 in the 400m dash and McCurdy took the top spot in the 400m hurdles at 1:01.79.

Payne garnered three second-place finishes in field events. She threw the shot put 13.32m, tallied 40.05 in the discus and reached 33.66m in the javelin.

Penn’s final stop was against Cambridge and Oxford on June 28. The Quakers had their finest meet of the trip, taking first in six events and second in four other events.

Morgan led the way with first-place finishes in the 100m dash (12.30) and the 200m dash (25.23). In the 400m dash, Carlin set a track and series record. She finished in 54.42 breaking the previous record of 57.6.

Payne continued her success in the shot put and set a series record in the process. She threw the shot 14.35 shattering the old record (13.31) held by former Penn track standout Luana Botelho.

The Quakers’ final two first-place finishes came in the relays, which were also track and series records. In the 4x100 Carlin and Morgan represented the Red and Blue along with members of Cornell’s team. They finished at 46.83. The previous series record was 47.34 and the track record was 47.6.

In the 4x400 Carlin and McCurdy came in at 3:44.09 and shattered both records. The former track record was 3:51.2 and the series record was 3:47.39.

Written by Matt Kirsch, athletic communications assistantand Erica Denhoff, C'08