Women's Track in Fourth After First Day of Heptagonal Championships

Boston – The University of Pennsylvania women’s track and field team stands in fourth place after the first day of competition at the 2005 Indoor Heptagonal Championships.

Freshman Jesse Carlin broke the Penn record in the 400mwith a time of 56.27 finals. Carlin broke the previous of standard of 56.75 set by Jen Roy in 1997.

Senior Sam Crook placed second in the pole vault with a mark of 12 feet, 1 ½ inches. Yale’s Molly Lederman repeated as the event champion with a vault of 12 feet, 5 ½ inches.

Sophomore Shani Boston was the runner-up in the pentathlon with 3,539 total points to qualify for the ECAC Championships. Boston also earned a fourth-place finish in the long jump, with a jump of 17 feet, 6 ¼ inches. Also placing in the long jump was sophomore Jerrie Kumalah who finished sixth with a mark of 17 feet, 2 inches.

Senior Claire Duncan ran the sixth-fastest time in the Penn record books and qualfied for the ECAC Championships with a time of17:28.36 and finished eighth in a very fast 5,000m run. Columbia’s Caroline Bierbaum took the event with a time of 15:55.03, breaking the twelve-year old Heps record by nearly five seconds.

Several members of the Red and Blue were able to advance to the tomorrow’s final round of competition in their respective events. Senior Izu Emeagwali advanced to the finals of the 60m and 200m. Emeagwali recorded a time of 7.79 seconds in the 60m, followed by a time of 25.10 second in the 200m.

Also advancing in the 60m, Shaunee Morgan ran the second-fastest time school history with a time of 7.84 secondswhile Brittany Middlebrooks moves to third all-time with a time of 7.88 seconds.

Also advancing was rookie Claire Kim who posted a time of 4:55.77 in the mile run to qualify for the ECAC Championships, while Christina Morrison ran a personal best and Penn's third-fastest time of 2:10.86 in the 800m to advance. Sophomore Jeanette Curtis with a time of 8.92 seconds in the 60m high hurdles.

Cornell and Dartmouth are tied for the top-spot with 27 points, while Yale is in third with 21 points. Penn is fourth with 20 points, followed by Columbia (18), Brown and Princeton (17) and Harvard (8).

The Quakers continue competition at the Heptagonal Championships tomorrow, Feb. 27 beginning at 11 a.m. Results will posted on the Ivy League website as soon as they become available.

-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant