Magnificent Quakers win seventh Ivy Heps Outdoor championship

On Sunday at Princeton, the women’s track and field team won its fourth Ivy Heps Outdoor title in five seasons.

Members of the women's track and field team pose with the championship banner.
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With sensational style, the women’s track and field team won the Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Track and Field Championship on Sunday at Princeton, their fourth title in the last five seasons and seventh overall. Penn eked past second-place Princeton by half a point, 184.5-184.

The Red & Blue captured the championship by winning the final event of the afternoon: the 4x400 relay race. Second-year Morayo Kassim, third-year Jocelyn Niemiec, first-year Amelia Kristen, and fourth-year Aliya Garozzo prevailed in the event with a time of 3:38.92, sixth-fastest in school history.

Elsewhere, fourth-year Olivia Morganti won the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 10:00.63, second-best in school history. At the recent Penn Relays, she set a new school record in the event with a time of 9:57.94.

Garozzo and fourth-year Isabella Whittaker both garnered three first-place finishes. On top of the 4x400 relay, Garozzowon the 100m hurdles (13.59) and the 400m hurdles (56.34, a new school record).

Whittaker triumphed in the 200m (23.18, a new school record) and the 400m (51.38, a meet record and second all-time in school history), and won the 4x100 relay alongside second-year Moforehan Abinusawa, second-year Daniella Oyenuga, and third-year Caia Gelli. Their time of 45.04 is third-best in school history.

Quakers finished 1-2-3 in the 200m. Whittaker placed first, Abinusawa placed second (23.34), and second-year Christiana Nwachuku placed third (23.85).

Abinusawa also took home the 100m crown with a time of 11.38, a personal best that tied the program record.

Third-year Bronwyn Patterson was victorious in the 800m with a time of 2:04.12, third all-time in school history.

In February, Penn won the Ivy League Heptagonal Indoor Track and Field Championship title at Harvard. The Quakers swept both events this season for the first time since 2019.