Gevitz Wins Heptagonal Title for Women's Track and Field

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HANOVER, N.H. - Senior Kathryn Gevitz won the Heptagonal title in the triple jump as the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team finished sixth at the 2010 Heptagonal Indoor Championships Sunday at Dartmouth's Leverone Field House.

Penn finished with 48 points as Princeton claimed the team title with 125 points. Columbia was the runner up with 110 points, followed by Cornell's 96.

Gevitz claimed her first Heptagonal title with a career-best performance. Her final jump in the preliminaries measured nearly 40 feet and put her into the lead heading into the finals where no one was able to catch her. A native of Oak Park, Ill., Gevitz moved into fourth-place all-time at Penn with her leap of 12.16 meters (39 feet, 10 3/4 inches). It was the best leap for any Quaker in nearly a decade. Meredith Bunche was the last to cover such a distance in 2001. Gevitz's effort also qualified her for the the ECAC Championships next weekend.

The Quakers were the runner-ups in the 4x400 relay. Sophomore Paige Madison, senior Jamie Massarelli, sophomore Victoria Strickland and sophomore Renee McDougall finished in 3:48.72 to place second behind Cornell's time of 3:45.54.

Madison earned six more points for the Quakers with the best 60-meter hurdles of her career. In fact, it was the fifth-best performance in school history. The Ann Arbor, Mich., native finished in 8.89, breaking the 9-second barrier for the first time in her career. Her third-place finish moved her into fifth in the Penn record books.

Freshman Charlotte Pope aided Penn's success in the field events, scoring in the weight throw. Her final toss in the first round measured 15.57 meters (51-01 ft.) and it remained as her best throughout the finals, placing her fifth.

Also placing third was sophomore Kristen Judge. She cleared each of the first four bars on her first attempt, including her finishing height of 1.67 meters (5-05.75 ft.). It was a season-best effort for Judge.

In the finals of the 60 meters, sophomore Leah Brown placed fourth. Her time of 7.68 garnered four more points for the Quakers. While in the 200 meters, Penn picked up two more points from junior Kali Strother's fifth-place finish. Strother came across the finish line in 25.10.

Another freshman, Morgan Wheeler, scored in the pentathlon. She placed fifth, accumulating 3,182 points.

Freshman Leslie Kovach, who was just one day removed from setting the Penn freshman record in the 5,000 meters, finished just outside the scoring in the 3,000 meters. Her time of 9:47.21 was the second-best of her career, placing her seventh.

On day one, three members of the Red and Blue scored for the Quakers as Gevitz was fifth in the long jump, Kovach was fifth in the 5,000 meters and senior Yelizaveta Lozovatskaya was third in the pole vault.

For those that qualified, the indoor season continues next week at the ECAC Championships in Boston, Mass., on March 6-7.