Saturday morning's dual meet at Franklin Field, the women's track teams
of Penn and Cornell were Ancient Eight adversaries. Now, the victors
from each squad are teammates.
By winning her respective event, each athlete earns a spot on a Penn-Cornell co-op team that will travel to London, England, to take on Oxford-Cambridge in a dual meet at the historic Iffley Road Track.
Five Quakers -- Jesse Carlin, Stacy Kim, Dana McCurdy, Crista McDonald, and Charity Payne -- booked themselves transatlantic tickets. Three more will be selected, so each school is represented by the guaranteed minimum of eight competitors.
Carlin captured the 400-meter dash with a time of 55 seconds, edging out Cornell's Linda Trotter.
Kim denied Christina Morrison an automatic bid to London, beating out her teammate in the 1500m run, 4:29.24 to 4:30.72.
After setting the Penn record in the 400m hurdles at Franklin Field two weekends ago, McCurdy continued her dominance in the event, winning by almost four seconds at 1:01.20.
McDonald and Payne each punched their tickets to London on the field. McDonald pole-vaulted higher than her three Cornell opponents at a height of 3.5 meters. Payne, who finished second in the discus and javelin throws, won the shot put with a 14.06-meter throw.
Penn also won the 4x400m relay, but relay teams will not be sent to England.
The Big Red, which won the overall meet 103-60, dominated most of the events it won, posting one-two finishes in five of its thirteen wins. It was the photo finishes, however, that sent the number of Cornell representatives in London rocketing to twelve.
Shaunee Morgan's dreams of a trip to Iffley were foiled twice by a combined 0.12 seconds. In the 100m dash, Jeomi Maduka came from behind to beat Morgan by 0.07 seconds; in the 200m dash, Cameron Washington eked out Morgan by .05 seconds.
"I asked Shaunee if she saw the girl coming from behind her [in the 100m], and she said she had no idea," Penn coach Gwen Harris said of the close finish.
On the field, Maduka played spoiler again, halting Camille Richard's potential upset bid in the triple jump on the last try, outdistancing the Penn freshman by 0.05 meters.
For the second straight home meet, showers drenched Franklin Field, making competition conditions less than ideal, scaring spectators away and all but negating home-track advantage.
"Here it's raining, but when we go north for a meet it's sunny and beautiful and we're running well and jumping well and throwing well," Harris said after the meet.
The Quakers will pray for sun and warm temperatures this upcoming weekend at Franklin Field as they hope to show the world what they are made of at the internationally renowned Penn Relays.