Two Advance to Finals for Women's Track and Field at ECAC's


BOSTON, Mass. - Junior Anna Aagenes and the 3,200-meter relay team advanced to the finals of their events as Penn completed day one of the 2009 ECAC Indoor Track and Field Championships in Boston, Mass., Saturday afternoon.

Sunday’s lineup kicks off at 1:00 p.m. with the distance medley relay, and ends with the 3,200-meter relay final, in which Penn will compete, at 3:20 p.m. The awards ceremony is slated to begin shortly thereafter at 3:40 p.m.

Aagenes, who has already posted a provisional NCAA time this season, had the seventh-best time in the preliminaries of the 800 meters. Her time of 2:10.26 was her second-best effort of the year, only bested by her NCAA qualifying time. She will be one of nine running in the finals on Sunday at 2:10 p.m.

The 3,200-meter relay team of Kimberly Shooshan, Kinjal Parikh, Pari Hashemi and Anna Aagenes, were third among 24 teams in the relay with a time of 9:06.16.

Senior sprinter Leah Brown advanced to the semifinals of the 60 meters after finishing the preliminaries at 7.73 - her third-best time of the year. However, in the semifinals later in the afternoon, her time of 7.81 was just off the cut for the finals.

Also on the first day of competition, senior Whitney Tagliavini was in the top half of the field with her 13th place finish in the long jump. Her best effort on the day measured at 5.49 meters (18 feet, 1/4 inches). Junior Kathryn Gevitz was 24th in the same event with a leap of 5.26 meters (17-03.25 ft.).

Penn at Day One of the ECAC's

60 Meters: 14-Brown (7.73p, 7.81s)
800 Meters: p-Aagenes (2:10.26)
Long Jump: 13-Tagliavini (5.49m), 24-Gevitz (5.26m)
1,600-Meter Relay:15-Penn (3:52.90)
3,200-Meter Relay: p-Penn (9:06.16)