2010 Outdoor All-Ivy Teams
PHILADELPHIA - Six different members of the University of Pennsylvania’s women’s track and field team earned outdoor All-Ivy honors for their efforts at the 2010 Outdoor Heptagonal Championships on Saturday and Sunday at Weaver Stadium in Princeton, N.J.
Senior Kathryn Gevitz and junior Kali Strother earned first-team distinctions in their respective events. Second-team honors went to senior Anna Aagenes and sophomore Paige Madison, as well as the 4x100 relay team, consisting of Strother, Madison, and fellow sophomores Leah Brown and Renee McDougall.
Gevitz received first-team All-Ivy recognition after claiming the Heptagonal championship in the triple jump on Sunday. She was also the indoor triple jump Heptagonal champion in February, and is the first Quaker since Ruth Greenfield in 1991 to win both Heptagonal triple jump titles in the same year. Gevitz’s leap of 12.37 meters (40 feet, 7 inches) earned her the third All-Ivy selection of her career. She came close to picking up a fourth in the long jump on Saturday with her school-record breaking jump of 6.10 meters (20-00.25 ft.). However, the effort placed her third, losing the tie-breaker to Columbia's Uju Ofoche and trailing Cornell's Melissa Hewitt's winning leap by just one centimeter. Gevitz’s two other All-Ivy selections came in the indoor triple jump this year and in the outdoor triple jump in 2008.
Strother earned first-team All-Ivy honors by winning the Heps title in the 400-meter dash, becoming just the second Quaker in school history to do so (the only other champion was Jesse Carlin in 2006). Strother’s time of 54.02 placed her third all-time among Penn Quakers. In addition, she also received second-team All-Ivy honors as part of the 4x100 relay team that finished as runner-up in the event.
Aagenes earned a second-team All-Ivy distinction in the 1,500-meter run. This is the fourth second-team All-Ivy honor of her career. Her finish time of 4:32.46 was less than four-tenths of a second shy of the leader. At the Penn-Yale-Princeton meet earlier this season, Aagenes set her career-best of 4:24.32 in this event, moving her into third-place in the school record books.
In just her second season, Madison has already made a big name for herself, shattering the school record in the 400-meter hurdles. She is the first woman in program history to break the one-minute mark in the event and her time of 58.89 was good for second-place at Heps, trailing only a meet-record time. The effort earned her second-team All-Ivy honors. Madison also received second-team All-Ivy recognition as part of the 4x100-meter relay team. With an outdoor second-team selection in 2009 and an indoor second-team selection in February, Madison already has a total of four All-Ivy honors in her college career.
The other members of the 4x100 relay team who earned a spot on the All-Ivy second team are McDougall and Brown. Last year, the same foursome of Strother, Madison, McDougall, and Brown also picked up second-team outdoor All-Ivy honors in this event. Their time of 46.50 marked the fourth occassion this year in which they broke the 47-second barrier. McDougall was also a part of the 4x400 relay team that received second-team indoor All-Ivy recognition this year.
The top Ivy League performers in each individual event at the outdoor Heptagonal championships and the top team in each relay event earn selection to the All-Ivy first team. The runner-up finishers in each event earn second-team honors.
Nine Quakers are eligible to compete in 15 individual events at the ECAC Championships at Princeton's Weaver Stadium, May 14-16, while Penn's three relay teams will also compete at the postseason meet.