Day One Recap
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Junior Anna Aagenes was just 1.2 seconds away from automatically qualifying for the NCAA Championships as she placed eighth in the finals of the 800 meters Saturday for the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team at the NCAA East Regionals Championships in Greensboro, N.C.
The top-five finishers in each event earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships. The rest of the championship field is determined by the best times posted by the remaining athletes. Aagenes looks to be about one second off the cut when the at-large nominations are revealed in early June.
"Anna did an awesome job today," said head coach Gwen Harris. "You can't ask for more from her, she did what she was able to do. She has done a tremendous job all season. She's been very consistent and with another year left I know we have even better things to look forward to."
Aagenes finished in a time of 2:08.85 - the third-best time of the year for the Central Bucks West product. It was a tight race as all eight runners were within about two seconds of each other. The group finished the first lap in just over a minute and Florida State's Pilar McShine won the sprint to the finish line, coming in at a time of 2:06.55.
If Saturday marked the final race of the season for Aagenes, she will enter her senior season holding three school records - 4x1500-meter relay, sprint medley relay and indoor 4x800-meter relay - as well as holding the second-best times in school history in both the indoor and outdoor 800 meters.
With the eighth-place finish, Aagenes did get the Quakers on the team scoreboard. Of the 100-plus teams in the East region, Penn is one of 56 teams to score at the NCAA Regional meet. Aagenes' effort was good for one point as the Red and Blue tied with five other teams in 55th place. Flordia State won the meet with 71 points.