STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Against some of the top competition in the region, the University of Pennsylvania women's indoor track and field team qualified for the ECAC Championships in four different events Saturday at the PSU Northeast Challenge in State College, Pa.
Sophomore Paige Madison reached her first postseason qualifying time of the year in the 500 meters. Madison came in just under the 1:16 mark, placing sixth in a race that saw two runners eclipse the meet record. Madison finished with a time of 1:15.98.
Junior Kali Strother became the second Quakers' runner to reach the ECAC qualifying time. She raced to a seventh-place finish in the 200 meters, finishing in 24.84.
In the 3,000 meters, it was a freshman that led the way. Leslie Kovach had an impressive fourth-place showing in the event and reached the ECAC meet with a time of 9:54.21. That time was second-best among collegiate athletes and surpassed the old meet record.
Penn's 4x400 relay team also reached the ECAC time. The foursome, featuring three underclassmen, finished in a time of 3:49.45, placing sixth among 21 teams.
Senior Jamie Massarelli posted a sixth-place finish in the seldom-run 600 meters. She clocked out at 1:33.83, which was fifth among collegiate runners.
Freshman Kim Condino barely missed the qualifying time in the 1,000 meters. The ECAC mark is set at 2:56.24 and Condino came across the finish line at 2:56.95. The time placed her seventh in the 23-runner field.
In the field events, freshman Davielle Brown was fifth in the pole vault, reaching a height of 3.50 meters (11 feet, 5.75 inches) to place fifth. Sophomore Catherine Okoukoni had an eighth-place showing in the long jump with a leap of 5.27 meters (17-03.50 ft.). Sophomore Kristen Judge finished in eighth in the high jump surpassing the bar at 1.65 meters (5-05 ft.). In the triple jump, senior Kathryn Gevitz was also eighth. Gevitz's best leap measured 11.37 meters (37-03.75 ft.).
Next up for the Quakers is a trip to New York City for the Great Dane Classic. The team will compete at The Armory on Friday.