PRINCETON, N.J. Junior Anna Aagenes ran to the best finish of her career and the third-best finish in the history of the University of Pennsylvania women’s track and field team during the second day of the three-day ECAC Outdoor Championships in Princeton, N.J., Saturday.
Only two runners in Penn’s history have clocked a better time than Aagenes’ finish of 2:07.44 during the 2009 ECAC 800-meter preliminaries. The Central Bucks West product advanced to the finals with that effort and finished sixth amongst the 23 preliminary runners. The time, which was just off the Penn record of 2:05.47 set by former teammate Jesse Carlin in 2008, currently ranks Aagenes 10th in the East Region.
In the first event of the day for the Quakers, the 400-meter relay team ran one of their best times of the season at 47.20. However, the finish placed them 14th overall in the championship field and was just out of reach of the final qualifying spot which was reached at a time of 46.63.
Junior Jamie Massarelli ran in the 400 meters for the Red and Blue, finishing 18th in the field of 31. Her time of 55.77 was only topped by her personal-best performances at the Heptagonals and marked the final event of the season for the Paxton, Mass., native.
In the 400-meter hurdles, freshman Paige Madison was nearly topped her personal best with a 16th-place finish of 1:01.88. It was just the second time in her career that she had broken the 62-second mark and was less than a second off the time needed to qualify for the Regional Championships. It was a difficult field as there were two runners with Regional times that did not reach the finals.
In the final 1,600-meter relay run of the season for the Quakers, the squad finished 10th, just two places away from reaching the ECAC final. Though the team ran better than its time of 3:46.11 on just two occasions this season, the finish was two-tenths of a second from eighth-place.
As Penn’s only competitor on Friday, senior Kinjal Parikh represented the Quakers in the 5,000 meters. In the late night race, the East Meadow, N.Y., native just missed on cracking the 18-minute barrier as she placed 26th with a time of 18:00.73.
On Sunday, the Quakers will have Aagenes running in the 800-meter final at 1:35 p.m. Senior Deanna Morelli competes in the javelin at 10:30 a.m., senior Camille Richard and junior Kathryn Gevitz are in the triple jump at 11 a.m., and freshman Kristen Judge is in the high jump at 1 p.m.