ITHACA, N.Y. – The University of Pennsylvania women’s track & field team finished the 2016 Indoor Heptagonal Championships with a seventh-place finish. The Quakers scored 48.5 points at the meet, which was conducted over the weekend and concluded Sunday at Cornell University.
Penn saw one school record broken on Sunday, when junior Cleo Whiting clocked 16:34.53 in the 5,000 to knock off Leslie Kovach’s record (16:38.93) that had stood since 2011. Whiting finished fourth in the race.
The Quakers gained second place in the distance medley relay, as the team of sophomore Abby Hong, senior Rachel Hlatky, junior Carey Celata and junior Ashley Montgomery clocked 11:36.62 to finish behind only Harvard.
Penn also had a pair of individuals finish second on Sunday. In the mile, Montgomery clocked 4:53.58 and missed out on a title by just .14 seconds. In the 200, freshman Imani Solan was second with a time of 24.10, just .02 seconds off her school record set earlier this season.
Taylor Hennig earned points for Penn with a fifth-place finish in the 400. Her time was 57.24 seconds. Sophomore Taylor McCorkle also had a fifth-place finish Sunday, in the 60-meter dash, with a time of 7.55 seconds which was just .05 off her school record. McCorkle also ran in the 200 final on Sunday, and finished seventh in 24.90.
In the high jump, freshman Anna Peyton Malizia set a personal record by clearing 5 feet, 7 inches which tied her for fifth in the event and also tied her for seventh on Penn’s all-time list.
Senior Serena Graf was a scorer in the shot put, clearing 42 feet, 3.5 inches to gain sixth overall. In the 800, Celata missed out on scoring by .01 of a second in 2:11.87, while Ella Wurth took eighth in the 1,000 final in 2:57.79.
In the other relay events on Sunday, Penn was fifth in the 4x400 -- Candace Taylor, Solan, McCorkle,and Hennig scoring in 3:48.90 -- and sixth in the 4x800 (Hannah Connolly-Sporing, Wurth, Alexandra Huntsman and Amy Darlington scoring with a time of 9:02.32).
Harvard won the women’s team title, followed by host Cornell in second place. Dartmouth was third, while Princeton was fourth.