Second-Place Finish for Women's Track and Field at Maryland


COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Behind five individual winners, the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team placed second at the 14-team Maryland Invitational in College Park, Md., on Saturday. Anna Aagenes (1,500 meters), Deanna Morelli (javelin), Camille Richard (triple jump), Leah Brogan (5,000 meters) and Whitney Tagliavini (long jump) each won their respective events for the Quakers.

Penn finished with 104 team points, joining Maryland as the only two teams to top 100. The Terrapins won their home event at Kehoe Track with 173 points, while the Quakers left a large gap between themselves and third-place Bucknell's 71.50 points

Brogan became Penn's first regional qualifier with her victory in the 5,000 meters. Just one week after opening the outdoor season with a victory in the 3,000 meters, Brogan took home the 5,000-meter title with a time of 16:41.86. The time was far and away the best of the day as the senior ran away with the race, besting the second-place finisher by more than 35 seconds. It also qualified her for the NCAA Regional Championships and ECAC Championships.

Also in the 5,000 meters, Penn had two more reach the ECAC qualifying mark. Kinjal Parikh and Laura Steel finished third and fourth, respectively, with times of 17:19.95 and 17:23.77, respectively.

Aagenes was the clear winner in the 1,500 meters. The junior won the fastest section by more than six seconds with her time of 4:32.54. In her first 1,500-meter race of the outdoor season, she finished just one-tenth of a second off the ECAC qualifying time of 4:32.44.

Tagliavini tied Ashley Hendrix of Maryland with identical jumps of 5.47 meters (17 feet, 11 1/2 inches) in the long jump, while Morelli won the javelin with her toss of 39.05 meters (128-01 ft.).

Richard landed her best jump while going into a slight headwind. Her effort of 11.70 meters (38-04.75 ft.) bested the field by more than a foot. The Quakers placed three in the top four of the event with Catherine Okoukoni and Megan Vanbuskirk placing third and fourth, respectively.

The 1,600-meter relay team was second, reaching the ECAC postseason mark with a time of 3:51.27.

Next weekend, the Quakers will host their first home meet of the season with the Penn Invite on Saturday, April 4 at Franklin Field.