Brogan Wins 3,000 in Women's Track and Field Outdoor Opener


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Senior Leah Brogan opened her outdoor season for the Penn women's track and field team with a first-place finish in the 3,000 meters at the Wake Forest Open in Winston-Salem, N.C. this weekend.

Brogan won the event with an ECAC qualifying time of 9:47.94. One of just two runners to break the 10-minute mark in the event, she also moved into the top 10 all time at Penn with her finish. Brogan now sits in seventh place in the Quakers record book.

Senior Deanna Morelli started her season with an ECAC qualifying throw in the javelin. Her best toss of the day was also the best toss of her career, topping out at 41.46 meters (136 feet), to place her fourth. The effort improved her seventh-place mark in the Quakers' all-time record books.

The 400-meter relay team also posted a qualifying time for the ECAC Championships. With a finish of 48.13, the Quakers came in just under the time needed to reach the postseason mark, and earned them a fourth-place finish in the event. The Red and Blue nearly had both competing relay teams in the event post ECAC times as the second group of Quakers was just three-hundredths from matching the feat with a sixth-place showing of 48.37.

Kali Strother and Kelly Allred each qualified for the finals in the 100-meter dash. Strother had the seventh-best finish in the preliminaries at 12.51, but Allred went on to finish seventh in the finals with an identical time. Strother also found success in the 200 meters. She was sixth with a time 25.26.

Junior Kelly Hand was the top finisher for the Quakers in the 3,000 meters. She came across the finish line in seventh with a time of 10:29.97.

The Quakers had top-8 showings in both hurdles events. Junior Hannah Cope was sixth in the 100-meter hurdles at 14.68, while senior Pari Hashemi was eighth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:04.05.

In the field events, senior Whitney Tagliavini was the runner-up in the long jump. Her best effort measured out at 5.65 meters (18-06.50 ft.). Only Leslie Anderson of James Madison University topped Tagliavini in the 42-person field.

In the high jump, freshman Kristen Judge was one of just five competitors to successfully leap the bar at 1.63 meters (5-04.25 ft.) as she would finish in a tie for third at that height.

Junior Yelizaveta Lozovatskaya">Yelizaveta Lozovatskaya represented the Quakers in the pole vault and also placed in the top-eight. She cleared 3.35 meters (10-11.75 ft.) to finish in a tie for seventh place with Sally Liu of Duke.

The Quakers had a fifth-place finisher in the triple jump in Kathryn Gevitz. The junior had a jump of 11.05 meters (36-03 ft.), while Megan VanBuskirk was eighth in the event with a jump of 10.79 meters (35-05 ft.).

In the discus, junior Amy Donovan opened her season with an eight-place showing. Her best throw of the event was marked at 39.61 meters (129-11 ft.).

Next weekend the women's team will head to College Park, Md., for the Maryland Invite on March 28.