Providence, R.I. The University of Pennsylvania women’s track and field opened the 2004-05 campaign at the Alden Invitational with six wins, including a 1-thru-4 sweep in the 500m dash and a 1-2 punch in the 3,000m.
Senior tri-captain Izu Emeagwali won the 200m dash with a time of 25.42 and took the runner-up spot in the 55m dash with a career-best 7.30 seconds which ranks tied for sixth in all-time program history. Freshman Jesse Carlin cruised to victory in the 500m dash, crossing the finish line in 1:16.50, which is the third fastest time in Penn history. Senior Dana McCurdy, sophomores Rachel Daily and Tina Morrison followed in second, third and fourth, respectively. Senior tri-captain Anna-Marie Allander dominated the competition in the 1,000m run finishing first in a time of 3:02.08. Freshmen twin sister Claire and Stacy Kim finished first and second in the 3,000m run, crossing the finish line in 10:17.93 and 10:18.53, respectively. Classmate Lauren Drossner picked up a win in the mile in her collegiate debut, finishing in a time of 5:11.7.
Junior shot putter Charity Payne took second with a career-best 13.50m (44-03) which was good enough for second in the Penn history books. Sophomore Jackie Dunn picked up a three-place finish in the mile, while rookie Jacki Liberti took fifth in 5:21.60.
Freshman Shaunee Morgan picked up a pair of fifth-place finishes in her first collegiate appearance in the 55m dash and the 200m dash. Sophomore Shani Boston placed in three events on the afternoon, taking second in the long jump, fifth in the 55m hurdles and shot put. Classmate Jerrie Kumalah nabbed fourth in both the long jump and triple jump. Senior tri-captain Claire Duncan crossed the finish line fourth in the 3,000m in a time of 10:28.62.
The 4x800m relay team grabbed first and second, while the 4x400m relay took third.
The Red and Blue return to action on Jan. 15 at the Army Invitational in West Point, N.Y.
Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications.