NEW YORK CITY The Penn women’s track team competed at the Lafayette-Rider Games at The Armory as part of the Friday night college series. Shaunee Morgan led the way for the Red and Blue witha new school record in the 200, while classmate Jesse Carlin won the 500 and ran a leg of the winning 4x400 relay teamto earnAthlete of the Meet.
The Quakers were first in eight different events, and four student-athletes earned ECAC qualifying marks. Morgan’s first-place showing came with a new school record in the 200; sheran 24.95 seconds to eclipse Penn Hall-of-Famer Christelle William’s 20-year-old record.
Carlin won the 500 in 1:12.56, while junior Jeanette Curtis took the 55-meter hurdles in 8.94 seconds. Sophomore Claire Kim won the mile run in 4:56.30 (an ECAC qualifying mark), and twin sister Stacy took the 3,000 in 9:53.76. Junior Christina Morrison won the 1,000 in 2:54.63, while senior captain Charity Payne won the shot put with an ECAC-qualifying mark of 13.62 meters.
Penn had two other ECAC marks in the mile-- Jamie Liberti (4:59.8) and Leah Brogan (5:00.58) who finished third and sixth, respectively. Sophomore Brittany Middlebrooks and Morgan went fourth and fifth in the 60-meter dash.
In the field events, Penn had nine other placewinners. In the long jump, freshman Whitney Tagliavini was second, while classmate Camille Richard was third. Richard also finished fourth in the triple jump, while junior Jerrie Kumalah was fifth. Junior Catrina Chisholm and Payne went fifth and sixth, respectively,in the weight throw, and junior Shani Boston picked up third in the shot put. Crista McDonald and Lauren Davis tied for fourth in the pole vault, and Chelsea Townes placed fourth in the high jump.
The Quakers will have one week of rest from competition to gear up for the 2006 Indoor Heptagonal Championships. The Indoor Heps will take place Feb. 25-26 at Dartmouth College.