West Point, N.Y. - Freshmen Jesse Carlin and Stacy Kimalong with sophomore Christina Morrison each captured their respective events to help propel the University of Pennsylvania’s women’s track and field team to a second place finish at the Black Knight Invitational. UConn won its second-straight team title with 195 points, while the Quakers (143) edged out host Army (142). Manhattan College rounded out the field with 125 points.
Carlin won her first collegiate event by clocking a 2:19.23 in the 800m.Teammate Dana McCurdy was right on her heels, placing second in 2:20.80.In the 3000m, Kim posted a 10:17.56 to earn her first collegiate victory. Fellow freshman Jamie Liberti came in fifth in a time of 10:48.09.
Morrison was the top finisher in the 1000m recording a time of 2:55.71. It was the fourth-fastest finish in program history. Penn also captured the 4x800 relay in a time of 9:29.54beating out runner-up UConn by more than eight seconds.
Several members of the Red and Blue also posted top-five finishes. Claire Duncan (5:06.86) and Laura Drossner (5:11.66) came in second and fourth respectively in the mile run, while senior Izu Emeagwali (58.30) and rookie Shaunee Morgan (1:00.68) took second and fifth in the 400m.
In the field events, sophomore Jerrie Kumalah had the best showing for the Quakers placing second in the long jump with a distance of 17 feet, 6 ¼ inches and fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 35 feet, 5 ¾ inches. Pole vaulters Samantha Crook and Lauren Davis also fared well finishing second and fourth respectively. Crook’s jump of 11 feet, 3 ¼ inches was the fourth-best in program history whiles Davis’ jump of 10 feet, 10 inches also cracked the top-ten inthe record books.
The Quakers return to action on Jan. 28 at the Terrier Classic held at Boston University.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant