PHILADELPHIA - In windy conditions at the first home meet of the season, the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team, had 21 top-eight finishes at the Penn Invite on Saturday at Franklin Field. Junior Anna Aagenes (800 meters), sophomore Kali Strother (200 meters), the 400-meter relay team and the 3,200-meter relay teams all won their respective races. Junior Kathryn Gevitz won the triple jump.
In her first running of the 800 meters this season, Aagenes won the race with a near ECAC qualifying time. She missed the postseason mark by less than one-tenth with a winning time of 2:11.49.
Strother proved to be one of the top sprinters at the meet as she not only won the 200 meters, but was also fifth in the 100 meters. The St. Louis, Mo., native finished in an ECAC qualifying time of 24.83 in a wind-aided 200-meter victory. Her 100 meters time of 12.41 was one-place better than junior teammate Kelly Allred's finish of 12.44.
Penn dominated the 200 meters as junior Laura McDaniel finished as the runner-up to Strother and freshman Leah Brown placed fourth. McDaniel finished in 25.16 and Brown crossed the line at 25.47. Allred was seventh at 25.64.
Gevitz, who also finished as the runner-up in the long jump, won the triple jump with a leap of 12.07 meters (39 feet, 7 1/4 inches). It was the first win of the outdoor season in the event for Gevitz and she set a new ECAC qualifying mark with the winning jump. Her second-place long jump earlier in the day measured out at 5.64 meters (18-06 ft.).
Senior Kinjal Parikh had an impressive performance for the Quakers, racing to a fourth-place finish in the 1,500 meters. She was the top collegiate athlete in the event as three Nike-sponsored runners took the top three spots. Parkih finished in a time of 4:39.43, besting the rest of the 77 other competitors in the field.
The Penn relay teams were highly successful as both the 400-meter relay and 3,200-meter relay teams were victorious and posted season-best times for the Quakers. The 400-meter relay team bested its ECAC mark with a time of 47.80, topping the previous best time of 48.13 from the Red and Blue at the opening meet of the season. The 3,200-meter relay lapped most of its competition en route to its win at 9:15.19 - qualifying for the ECAC's.
Also highlighting the day was Kristen Judge as she set a new collegiate best in the high jump. The Tewksbury, Mass., native finished second in the high jump, clearing 1.68 meters (5-06 ft.). The bar was a centimeter higher than her indoor best and five centimeters better than her top outdoor mark. The effort vaults the freshman into Penn's outdoor record book as she is now in a four-way tie for seventh-place on the all-time charts.
Junior Amy Donovan was third in the discus and junior Jamie Massarelli was fifth in the 400 meters. Donovan's top throw landed at 37.62 meters (123-05 ft.). Massarelli finished in a season-best time of 58.50.
The Quakers will be in New Haven, Conn., next weekend to take on Yale and Princeton on Saturday.