Kovach Sets School Record for Women's Track and Field at ECAC's


BOSTON, Mass. - Sophomore Leslie Kovach broke a 19-year-old school record in the 5,000 meters for the University of Pennsylvania women's indoor track and field team Sunday at the ECAC Championships in Boston, Mass.

Kovach had all five points for the Quakers as Penn finished 39th as a team. There were 50 teams that scored at the meet. Connecticut won the Indoor ECAC team title with 96.5 points.

Kovach finished fourth in a time of 16:38.93. Previously second all-time at Penn in the 5,000 meters, she topped her personal-best mark by 15 seconds to set the school standard. She was one of only four competitors to break the 17-minute mark at the meet. The performance broke Chris Lundy's 1992 record by nearly 10 seconds. Lundy held the record for nearly two decades at 16:47.43.

Freshman Gabrielle Piper was 14th in the 60-meter hurdles with her time of 8.99. She qualified for the finals of the event on Saturday with the 15th-best preliminary time of 8.97.

Sophomore Morgan Wheeler placed 14th in the heptathlon. Led by a second-place finish in the shot put, she finished with 3,211 points.

Sophomore Davielle Brown was 17th in the pole vault as she cleared the bar at 3.55 meters (11 feet, 7.75 inches). Junior Veronica Salcido was 16th in the 800 meters at 2:14.01.

The outdoor season is just two weeks away. The Quakers open the 2011 outdoor campaign March 18-19 at the Wake Forest Open in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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