COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Behind first-place finishes from Leslie Kovach, Anna Aagenes and Leah Brown, the University of Pennsylvania women's outdoor track and field finished third at the Maryland Invitational Saturday in College Park, Md.
The Quakers accumulated 108 points to place third at the 14-team meet. Maryland won the meet on their home track with 217 points, followed by Bucknell's 123.5 points. No other team scored more than 68 points.
Penn dominated the 5,000 meters. In addition to Kovach's victory, the top three collegiate finishers were all members of the Red and Blue. Kovach won with a time of 17:34.92 and was really only challenged by her teammates. She edged out freshman Margaret Diacont, who was the runner-up at 17:39.69, and senior Kellee Hand, who was fourth at 17:49.78.
Brown won the 200 meters to earn her first victory of the young outdoor season. She posted a season-best time of 25.00, topping the field of 32. McDougall placed third with a finish of 25.32.
Aagenes was victorious in the 1,500 meters as she decisively beat out the field of 39 women. Her time of 4:33.26 was six seconds better than the nearest competitor and seven seconds better than any other collegiate athlete - the only one to break 4:40.00. For the second straight week she narrowly missed the ECAC qualifying time.
Freshman Charlotte Pope put her name amongst the school's all-time greats. Her second to last attempt sailed 46.88 meters (153-10 ft.). It placed her sixth at the meet and sixth in the Penn record book. It was the best toss for any Quaker since 2004 as she became just the seventh member of the Red and Blue to ever surpass the 150-foot mark.
Senior Yelizaveta Lozovatskaya was the runner-up in the pole vault, while freshman Davielle Brown was third. Both Quakers successfully cleared the bar at 3.50 meters (11 feet, 5.75 inches). Lozovatskaya won the tie-breaker over her teammate as she did not miss on any attempt leading up to passing the bar at 3.50 meters. Brown missed once in that span.
Senior Kathryn Gevitz finished second in the long jump. All four of her final jumps surpassed 5.56 meters as her first leap in the final round was her best. With the wind at her back, her runner-up effort landed at 5.66 meters (18-07 ft.).
In the 100 meters, sophomore Renee McDougall entered the Penn record books. Her preliminary time of 12.30 was the second-best among the 27 competitors and the ninth-best in Penn history. McDougall went on to finish fourth in the event with a finals time of 12.43.
In the 400-meter hurdles, senior Rachel Villa earned six more points for the Quakers with her third-place finish. She crossed the finish line in 1:05.79.
Also scoring for the Quakers was sophomore Jordan Brown was seventh in the 400 meters at 59.86, sophomore Veronica Salcido was fifth in the 800 meters at 2:17.94, freshman Megan Powell was sixth in the 3,000 meters at 10:25.18, freshman Morgan Wheeler was fifth in the javelin at 38.38 meters (125-11 ft.).
Next week, Penn plays host for the first time this season with the Penn Invite on April 3. It is the first of two home meets this year at Franklin Field, with the other being the 116th running of the Penn Relays, spanning April 22-24.
Download: 2010 Penn Invite Schedule.pdf