Four Women Headed to NCAA East Regional

NCAA East Regional Information

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women's track & field program will be represented by four women this weekend at the NCAA East Regional Championship, being hosted by Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla.

Three of the Quakers earned All-America honors during the indoor season, and will be trying to duplicate that on the outdoor track. The meet begins Friday with prelims in every track event, followed by the finals on Saturday.

Senior Shaunee Morgan -- an All-America in the distance medley relay at the indoor NCAA meet -- will kick off Penn's day Friday, running the 400 at 6 p.m. The 400 final will take place Saturday at 5:15 p.m. Morgan enters the event with the 16th-best time (53.97 seconds) among the 31 women scheduled to compete.

Senior Jesse Carlin was a two-time All-America during the indoor NCAA meet, and she will compete in the 800 this weekend. The ECAC and Heptagonal champion in the event already this season, Carlin is slated to run her prelim at 6:40 p.m. Friday; the 800 final is Saturday at 5:25 p.m. Carlin enters the weekend with a top 800 time of 2:05.47, which ranks her fourth out of the 32 women scheduled to run the event.

Senior Stacy Kim and junior Kinjal Parikh both qualified for the regional in the 5,000 and will run that prelim at 8:40 p.m. Friday night. Kim ran the anchor leg of the All-America DMR at the indoor meet, while Parikh is making her first NCAA regional appearance. Kim's top time in the 5K is 16:20.68, while Parikh's is 16:47.63; they are fourth and 30th, respectively, out of 36 women schedule to run.

Athletes are competing to qualify for the NCAA Championships, which will take place June 11-14 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. It will be the 87th edition of the men's championship, and the 27th for the women.