Women's Track Takes Sixth at Heps


HANOVER, N.H. – The Penn women’s track team finished sixth at the 2006 Heptagonal Championships, which concludedSunday at Dartmouth's Leverone Field House.

Sophomore Jesse Carlin won the 400 in 55.66 seconds andbecame the first Quaker to win the event since Britt Anderson in 1992. Sophomore Brittany Middlebrooks was eighth in the 60-meter dashat 7.87 seconds, while classmate Shaunee Morgan was third in the 200 (25.00 seconds)and junior Christina Morrison was third in the 800 (2:11.41).

Sophomore Claire Kim was eighth in the 3,000 and classmate Jamie Liberti was ninth. Kim ran a 9:50.45 and Liberti followed in 9:50.46. Sophomore Stacy Kim was eighth in the 5,000 in 17:02.44.

In the field events, freshman Chelsea Townes and sophomore Courtney Hilts tied for ninth with a jump of 1.55 meters (5-1). Middlebrooks was eighth in the long jump with a leap of 5.39 meters (17-8 1/4), and freshman Whitney Tagliavini was ninth with 5.34 meters (17-6 1/4). Freshman Camille Richard was eighth in the triple jump, leaping 11.50 meters (37-8 3/4). Senior Charity Payne was fourth in the shot put with a heave of 13.75 meters (45-1 1/2), and junior Catrina Chisholm was seventh in the weight throw with a toss of 15.06 meters (49-5). Junior Shani Boston finished third in the pentathlon, scoring 3,695 points.

The 4x400 relay team was third in a time of 3:48.29 -- Carlin, Morgan, senior Dana McCurdy and freshman Hayley Cusack made up that team. The foursome of Morrison, Stacy Kim, Kinjal Parikh and Carolyn Auwaerter placed second in the 4x800 relay, crossing the finish line in a time of 8:56.02.

Cornell ran away with their fifth team title,scoring 142 points. Yale (85) finished second behind Joslyn Woodard, whowas the only athlete, male or female, to win three individual events at the 2006 Indoor Heps to become the most decorated athlete in Indoor Heps history. Brown was third (75), Harvard was fourth (60), Princeton was fifth (50),Penn in sixth (46), Dartmouth was seventh (38) and Columbia was eighth (31).

Several members of the track teamare scheduled tocompete at the 2006 Indoor ECAC Championships in Boston, Mass. next weekend.