Official Field: NCAA East Preliminary Round
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PHILADELPHIA - Senior Kathryn Gevitz qualified for the NCAA Championships in two events, while Kali Strother, Jamie Massarelli, Anna Aagenes and Paige Madison were also among the championship field announced by the NCAA on Friday afternoon. The five members of the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team will compete at the NCAA Preliminary Round, May 27-29 in Greensboro, N.C.
With the elimination of the NCAA Regional meets, the NCAA has instituted a championship meet that will extend over two weekends in a three-week span at three different sites. The first weekend is now known as the NCAA Preliminary Round and is broken up into two different sites - East (Greensboro, N.C.) and West (Austin, Texas), which host the NCAA first round and quarterfinal round in each event as well as some of the NCAA semifinals.In each region, the top 48 marks in each event qualify for the NCAA Preliminary Rounds.
Gevitz qualified in both the long jump and triple jump. She was ranked 28th in the East in the long jump and was the final participant to make the field in the triple jump at No. 48. The Oak Park and River Forest High School product set the school record in the long jump this year with her leap of 6.10 meters (20 feet, 1/4 inches) at the Heptagonal Championships. In becoming the first Quaker to ever surpass 20 feet in the event, she finished one centimeter away from the Heps title. However, she was not denied the title in the triple jump. Gevitz became the first Quaker to win both Heps triple jump titles in the same year since Ruth Greenfield in 1991. Her winning jump of 12.37 meters (40-07 ft.) was a career best, ranks third all-time at Penn and earned her a spot in the NCAA Championships.
Strother qualified in the 400 meters as she enters the championship meet ranked 22nd in the event. Strother also won a Heptagonal title, taking first with the best time of her career and the third-best time in Penn history at 54.02.
Massarelli is 38th in the East to qualify in the 800 meters. Prior to breaking her jaw earlier this season, she ran a career-best 2:09.25 at Cornell on April 17. Despite the injury, Massarelli almost matched that time, which is fifth all-time, at the ECAC Championships and will run in the NCAA First Round on Thursday night.
Aagenes is no stranger to the NCAA Championships. She reached the Regional round last year in the 800 meters and will compete in the 1,500 meters this season. Her time of 4:24.32 at the P-Y-P meet on April 10 in Princeton, N.J., was the third-best in program history and ranks her 28th in the East.
Madison has had an impressive year in 2010, especially in the 400-meter hurdles where she became the first Quaker to ever break one-minute in the event. She set the school record with her time of 58.89 at the Heptagonal Championships on May 9. That performance ranks her 25th in the region.
The top 24 finishers in the first round advance to the quarterfinals where the top 12 will advance to compete in the semifinals and finals of the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., June 9-12.