PHILADELPHIA - Sophomore Morgan Wheeler, junior Victoria Strickland and sophomore Leslie Kovach are set to represent the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team, May 26-28, at the 2011 NCAA East Preliminary Round on the E.C. Billy Hayes Track at Indiana University's Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex in Bloomington, Ind.
Strickland is set to compete in the NCAA First Round of the 800 meters at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. The top 24 will then qualify for the NCAA Quarterfinals at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Wheeler will compete in the javelin at noon on Friday and Kovach will run in the 5,000 meters at 8:05 p.m. on Saturday. Both Wheeler and Kovach need to finish in the top 12 of their respective events to reach the NCAA Finals in Des Moines, Iowa.
In each region, the top 48 marks in each event qualify
for the NCAA Preliminary Rounds. Strickland ranked 34th in the East in the 800 meters
with the fifth-best time in school history. She earned All-East honors
with her time of 2:07.82. Kovach is the No. 8 seed in the 5,000 meters
with her school record time of 16:11.59 from the Penn Relays. Wheeler is
36th in the region with her season-best toss - and the fourth-best mark
in program history - of 44.44 meters (145 feet,
10 inches) that earned her All-East accolades.
NCAA Championship meet extends over two weekends
in a three-week span at three different sites. The first weekend is now
known as the NCAA Preliminary Round and is broken up into two different
sites - East (Bloomington, Ind.) and West (Eugene, Ore.), which host the
NCAA first round and quarterfinal round in each event as well as some
of the NCAA semifinals.
The top 24 finishers in the first round advance to the quarterfinals where the top 12 will advance to compete in the semifinals and finals of the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, June 8-11.
A full recap will be available at PennAthletics.com
shortly after the conclusion of each day's events.