Randall Island, N.Y. Two members of the University of Pennsylvania women’s track team competed in the first day of action at the 2005 NCAA East Regional hosted by Manhattan College. Senior Sam Crook finished tied for seventh in the pole vault, while freshman Stacy Kim ran in the 1500m preliminaries.
Crook cleared a height of 12’6 in the pole vault to finish in a three-tie. The top five automatically advance to the NCAA Championships. Crook cleared 4.0m (13’1”) earlier in the season for the 20th best jump in the nation. She will wait to see if she receives an at-large bid to the 2005 NCAA Championships.
Kim crossed the finish line in 12th overall in the 1,500m qualifier with a time of 4:30.04. Her time is the third fastest in school history and was just one place out of qualifying for the final.
The 4x400m relay team and senior Claire Kim will compete in the 3,000m steeplechase on Saturday. Currently the Quakers are tied for 18th overall with one point.
Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications