GREENSBORO, N.C. - Junior Anna Aagenes set a new personal best with the second-best time in the history of the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field program as she qualified for the finals of the 800 meters at the NCAA East Regional Championships on Friday night in Greensboro, N.C. Senior Leah Brogan ended her career on Friday with an 18th-place finish in the 5,000 meters.
Aagenes reached the East Regional finals with her record time of 2:07.40. Running in the final and fastest heat of the 800 meters, she was third in a close three-way finish. Overall, she had the seventh-best preliminary time in the field. She will compete for a chance to reach the NCAA Championships on Saturday afternoon when the finals of the 800 meters begin at 6:25 p.m. The top-five finishers in the event automatically qualify for the NCAA championship meet.
The mark topped Aagenes' previous career best of 2:07.44 from the ECAC Championships on May 16 and moved her up the Penn record book. She stood in third-place all-time coming into the meet, but with her effort in the preliminary race Friday, the Doylestown, Pa., native moved past Penn Hall of Famer Kate O'Hern and into second place. Aagenes is just one of just two Quakers since 1984 to surpass O'Hern's time as she trails only former teammate and two-time All-American Jesse Carlin's record time of 2:05.47.
Brogan was unable to reach the NCAA Championships in the 5,000 meters as she placed 18th in a field of 44 with a time of 16:52.46. it was the second time in her career that she broke the 17-minute mark - only nine other Quakers have ever accomplished the feat on one occassion. Brogan had a stellar career as a four-year letterwinner in the Red and Blue. The Toms River, N.J., native finishes her career with the second-best time in Penn history in the indoor 5,000 meters, the fourth-best time in the outdoor 5,000 meters, the fourth-best time in the indoor 3,000 meters and the fifth-best time in the outdoor 3,000 meters.
For complete results of Aagenes' performance in the finals of the 800 meters on Saturday evening, log on to www.PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of the race.