Eight Wins for Women's Track and Field at First Home Meet


PHILADELPHIA - In their first home meet of the season, the University of Pennsylvania women's outdoor track and field team took full advantage at the Penn Invite Saturday at Franklin Field. Six Quakers were victorious in their respective events as was the 4x400 relay and the 4x100 relay, which won with the second-best time in school history.

In the 4x100, Renee McDougall, Kali Strother, Nony Onyeador and Leah Brown combined for the second-best time in school history. Penn had a huge lead when Brown took the last handoff and it only increased as Brown streaked across the finish line, stopping the clock at 46.50. It was just two-hundreths off the school record of 46.30 set in 2005.

Brown and Strother continued to have success throughout the day. Both qualified for the ECAC's in the 200 meters. Strother won the event with a time of 24.66 which was one-hundreth or a second from her career best. Brown was the runner-up at 24.76, while McDougall just missed the ECAC time with her third-place finish of 24.87.

Brown also won the 100 meters, her first individual victory of the outdoor season. She finished in a time of 12.18 to top the field and has now run under 12.20 in each of the two times she has run in the event this season. Onyeador and McDougall finished in a tie for second in the event with identical finishes of 12.38.

Senior Jamie Massarelli nearly set a personal best in her 400 meters victory. She finished in 55.64, which was two-hundreths of a second behind her collegiate best of 55.62. Sophomore Victoria Strickland was third with a time of 57.62.

Freshman Charlotte Pope continued her successful rookie campaign with a win in the hammer. She fouled on each of her first four attempts, but her fifth throw was enough for the win. She improved that distance on her final attempt and won with a toss of 44.69 meters (146 feet, 7 inches). Pope was also second in the shot put and moved into ninth-place on Penn's all-time list at 12.53 meters (41-01.50 ft.).

Senior Amy Donovan posted her first collegiate victory. Her four throws in the discus were the top four distances of the meet. Her best came on her third attempt when the discus landed at a career-best 39.27 meters (128-10 ft.). Corrine Rich was second at 37.23 meters (122-02 ft.).

Senior Kathryn Gevitz won the long jump title with a season-best leap of 5.74 meters (18-10 ft.). She was in second until reaching that mark on her third jump, which also came during a slight headwind.

The 4x400 relay team qualified for the ECAC Championships with their victory. In the final event of the day, the Quakers narrowly edged Maryland Eastern Shore. Penn finished in 3:46.44, its best effort of the season and a half second in front of the Hawks.

In the 1,500 meters, it was a former Quakers great who won in a return to Franklin Field. Jesse Carlin, the school record holder in 12 events (five individual events, seven relays) was the winner with a time of 4:28.89. Senior Kellee Hand was fourth at 4:35.98 and freshman Leslie Kovach finished fifth at 4:37.77.

Sophomore Paige Madison was second in the 100-meter hurdles. She broke the 62-second mark for the second time this season with a finish of 1:01.95. Madison has already qualified for the ECAC's in the event.

It was a spectacular day in Philadelphia and the wind was at a minimum throughout the day, meaning none of Penn's times or marks were wind-aided.

Next Saturday, the Quakers travel to Princeton, N.J., to take on Ivy rivals Princeton and Yale.