BOSTON, Mass. -Senior Jamie Massarelli won the ECAC championship in the 500 meters for the University of Pennsylvania women's indoor track and field teamwith the second-fastest time in school history on Sunday afternoon at theECAC Championships insidethe Reggie Lewis Track andAthletic Center.
Of the 52 teams that were able to score at the meet, Penn finished 16th with 17.75 points. All four Quakers that competed on the final day of competition, as well as the 4x800 relay team, scored. It was the best team finish for Penn at the indoor ECAC Championships since the Red and Blue finished ninth in 2006.
Massarelli became the first Quaker to win an individual ECAC indoor title since Jesse Carlin did so in the same event in 2006.Massarelliraced to a finish of1:12.68, edging Yale's Claudia Duncan's second-place time of 1:13.06. On day one,the Paxton, Mass., native moved into second place in the Penn record books, only to better that performance in the finals. Carlin holds the school record at 1:11.77.
Coming off of her Heptagonal title in the triple jump, senior Kathryn Gevitz scored in the event on Sunday for the Quakers. Her final jump in the first round landed at 11.96 meters (39 feet, 3 inches). It put her in sixth heading into the finals and remained her best effort. She finished seventh, capping her indoor career with the Quakers.
SeniorYelizaveta Lozovatskaya alsomanaged aseventh-place finish, garnering two more points for the Red and Blue in the pole vault. She passed the firstbar on her first attempt at 3.55 meters (11-07.75 ft.). Thoughshe was unable to match her career-high when the bar moved up to 3.70 meters, only six of the 21 competitors managed to clear the bar at that height.
Sophomore Leah Brown, who reached the finals with a career-best time, finished eighth in the 60 meters.Shescored for theQuakers with her time of 7.73. On day one,Brown's semifinal time of 7.63 was the second-fastest performance in school history.
In the final event of the indoor season for the Quakers, the 4x800 relay team didn't disappoint.A team made up of senior Anna Aagenes, sophomore Veronica Salcido, freshman Kimberly Condino and senior Kellee Handraced to a finish of 9:02.23. It was a season-bestfor Penn as they finished a little more than five seconds behind Seton Hall'stitle-winning time, placing fifth.
With the conclusion of the ECAC Championships, the 2010 indoor season comes to a close. In two weeks, the outdoor season begins in North Carolina with the Wake Forest Open onMarch 19-20.
Penn at the ECAC's
60 Meters: 8-Brown(7.72p, 7.63s, 7.73f)
500 Meters:1-Massarelli (1:13.18p, 1:12.68f)
Long Jump: 11-Gevitz (5.58m)
Triple Jump: 7-Gevitz (11.96m)
Pole Vault: 7-Lozovatskaya (3.55m)
4x400 Relay: 10-Penn (3:49.61)
4x800 Relay: 5-Penn (9:12.27p, 9:02.23f)