New York - The University of Pennsylvnia women's track and field team turned in several ECAC qualifying and record-setting performances at the Rider-Lafayette Invitational on Feb. 11.
Senior Izu Emeagwali led the way for the Quakers capturing the 55m dash and the 200m run. In the 55m, Emeagwali tied a school record with a time of 7.21, which was also an ECAC qualifying mark. She also qualified for ECACs in the 200m with a time of 25.07, the second-fastest in the Penn record books.
Rookie Jesse Carlin qualified for the ECACs by setting the school record in the 500m with a time of 1:13.68. She broke the previous mark of 1:14.56 set by Dana McCurdy at the Terrier Classic on Jan. 29. McCurdy was the runner-up in the 400m with a time of 57.70, the sixth-fastest in program history.
In the 55m hurdles, Jeanette Curtis earned the victory with the winning time of 8.38 seconds. In the 800m, Christina Morrison finished second by clocking a 2:11.86 forthe fifth-best time in Penn history. In the mile run, Claire Kim placed second with a personal best of 5:02.65 while Claire Duncan was on her heels placing third in a time of 5:03.58.
The quartet of Carlin, Emeagwali, McCurdy and Krysta Copelandcaptured the 4x400 relay by setting a new school record of 3:48.84, eclipsing the mark of 3:48.88 set in 1997. The 4x800 relay team of Morrison, Claire Kim, Duncan and Jamie Liberti qualified for the ECACs wtih a time of 9:16.11, to finish second overall in the race.
The Red and Blue turned in some top perfomances in the field events as well. Senior Sam Crook posted a mark of 3.80m to win the pole vault while Lauren Davis placed second with a vault of 3.30m. Charity Payne finished second in the shot put with a throw of 13.36m while freshman Stephanie Guy took second with a toss of 12.57m. Rookie Brittany Middlebrooks placed second in the long jump with a leap of 5.34 meters. In the triple jump, Jerrie Kumalah placed second with a mark of 11.01 meters.
The Quakers will be back in action on Feb. 26 and Feb. 27 as they travel to Boston, Mass. for the Heptagonal Championships.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant