Four Win Titles in First-Place Finish for Women's Track and Field


Team Scores

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Seniors Kinjal Parikh, Leah Brogan and Camille Richard and junior Anna Aagenes all claimed individual titles at the Virginia Duals Saturday to lead the University of Pennsylvania women's indoor track and field team to a first-place finish. In the fast-paced Valentine's Day meet, the 1,600-meter relay team also qualified for the ECAC's.

The Quakers were tops in the eight-team meet with 77 points, winning the Blue Division over second-place Maryland (72 points), Brown (53) and Lehigh (22). Penn's effort also eclipsed Wake Forest (68) and Virginia (63) as well as Ivy foes, Cornell (55) and Columbia (35) from the Green Division.

Parikh qualified for the ECAC's with her victory in the mile. The East Meadow product nearly won the event with a sub five-minute time. In a tight finish with Brown's Michaeline Nelson, Parikh finished in 5:00.22.

Brogan, who had already posted an ECAC time in the 3,000 meters, bested that effort with her victory in the event on Saturday. Her season-best time of 9:46.56 was good enough for her first victory of the season.

Aagenes ran 2:12.87 in the 800 meters to win the event. It was also a season-best for her, improving upon her previous ECAC time, as well as her second individual title this season. She won the 1,000 meters at the Great Dane Classic in January.

Richard helped Penn dominate the triple jump as the Quakers took the first three spots. Richard won the event with a leap of 11.71 meters (38 feet, 5 inches) and was directly followed by junior Kathryn Gevitz's second-place effort of 11.67 meters (38-03.50 ft.) and freshman Catherine Okoukoni's third-place jump of 11.50 meters (37-08.75 ft.).

The 1,600-meter relay team placed second as they were held off by Maryland. However, the team's time of 3:53.68 was just enough to qualify for the ECAC's.

Sophomore Kali Strother nearly hit the ECAC time in the 200 meters. Strother's time of 25.20 was less than a tenth of a second from qualifying for the postseason meet as she finished in second.

Penn saw some success in the hurdles as well. Junior Hannah Cope finished second with a time of 9.10 followed by senior Chelsea Townes' third-place finish of 9.22.

Freshman Kristen Judge had her best high jump of the season, clearing 1.65 meters (5-05 ft.). No other competitor in the field cleared a higher height, but Judge lost the tie-breaker to finish second.

Freshman Leah Brown was second in the 60 meters at 7.77, while Gevitz and senior Whitney Tagliavini placed second and third in the long jump, respectively. Gevitz's best leap measured 5.51 meters (18-01 ft.) as Tagliavini topped out at 5.46 meters (17-11 ft.).

After a weekend off, the Quakers will head to Cambridge, Mass., for the 2009 Heptagonal Championships.

Women's Team Scores

Blue (A) Division
Penn, 77
Maryland, 72
Brown, 53
Lehigh, 22

Green (B) Division
Wake Forest, 68
Virginia, 63
Cornell, 55
Columbia, 35