Women's Track Tops Yale and Princeton in Tri-Meet


Philadelphia – The University of Pennsylvania women’s track team defeated Ivy League foes Yale and Princeton on Saturday afternoon at Franklin Field. The Quakers won eight events and combined for 84 points. Yale finished second with 72 points and Princeton placed third with 47 points.

The Red and Blue won both relays and set a new school record in the 4x100m relay. The quartet of Jesse Carlin, Shaunee Morgan, Krysta Copeland and Izu Emeagwali broke their own record in the 400m relay, set last week at the Penn Invitational. In the 4x400m relay the foursome of Carlin, Morgan, Dana McCurdy and Emeagwali crossed the finish line in first with a time of 3:46.22.

In the first event on the track, senior Claire Duncan won the 3,000m steeplechase, shattering her own record in the event with a time of 10:38.08. Duncan's time also qualifies her for the NCAA Regional Meet inRandall Island, N.Y.Penn went 1-2 in the 400m, with Carlin winning the event in 55.61 and Copeland taking second with a time of 58.06. Sophomore Jeanette Curtis won the 100m hurdles in 14.98, while junior Dana McCurdy took the 400m hurdles in a time of 1:02.10. In the field events, junior Charity Payne took top prize in the shot put with a throw of 42’11.50”, while sophomore Catrina Chisholm’s throw of 162’11 won the hammer.

In the 100m and 200m, Emeagwali and Morgan finished second and third respectively. Emeagwali posted times of 12.32 and 25.00, while Morgan ran 12.45 and 25.13. Morgan’s time in the 200m is the eighth fastest in Penn history.

Tina Morrison finished second in the 800m (2:13.37), while freshman twins Claire and Stacy Kim added their names to the Penn record books in the 1500m. Claire took third in the event with a time of 4:29.87, the second fastest time in school history, and Stacy placed fourth with a time of 4:31.80, the fourth fastest time in Penn history. Claire finished second in the 3,000m run in a time of 9:47.63, which is the fourth fastest time in Penn history. Also earning top-four finishes were Sam Crook, second in the pole vault (12’5.5”), Shani Boston, second in the long jump (17’11.75”), Jerri Kumalah, third in the long jump (17’06.75”) and third in the triple jump (37’06”), Payne, second in the discus (134’01) and third in the javelin (115’), Rachel Daily, third in the high jump (5’01”), Carolyn Auwaerter, fourth in the 400m hurdles (1:06.34), and Eric Denhoff, fourth in the hammer (127’09”). Kumalah’s jump in the triple jump is the 10th best jump in program history, while Payne’s throw in the discus in the seventh best in Penn history.

Penn travels to the Widener Invitational on April 23, before returning to Franklin Field for the Penn Relays on April 28, 29 and 30.

Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications