Penn Schedule/Results at the Penn Relays
PHILADELPHIA A school record in the 4x1500-meter relay and in the sprint medley relay highlighted day two of the Penn Relays for the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team Friday at Franklin Field. Penn also had two other relays finish within the top-three all-time in the Quaker record book.
Junior Anna Aagenes, seniors Kinjal Parikh and Leah Brogan and freshman Laura Steel finished fifth overall in the Championship of America race. With a finish of 18:11.87, the team’s record Friday afternoon shaved more than two seconds off the previous Penn mark of 18:14.44 set in 2007.
Aagenes had the start for the Quakers and was in third as she kept pace with the leaders in a race that would eventually break the collegiate record. Parikh and Brogan took the second and third legs, respectively, and had the Quakers in fifth-place heading into Steel's anchor. Despite not having anyone in front of her to help pace, the Jacksonville, Fla., native held off the rest of the field and maintained Penn's fifth-place finish.
Penn was also a medalist in their record-setting sprint medley relay. The team won its heat of the Championship of America and placed sixth overall. The team consisted of freshman Leah Brown with the lead leg, and sophomore Kali Strother and freshman Paige Madison handing off to Aagenes as the anchor for a finish of 3:54.50. Brown and Strother each ran 200 meters, followed by Madison's 400 meters and with the 800-anchor leg, Aagenes became part of her second school record in less than six hours. Penn's previous top-ranked mark was 3:55.13, set in 2005.
After setting a season-best on Thursday in the 400-meter relay, Penn topped its effort Friday. The team broke the 47-second barrier for just the fourth time in school history in finishing seventh in the ECAC Final. The mark, set by freshman Renee McDougall, Madison, Strother and Brown, is now third all-time in the Penn record books.
With the second best time in the history of Penn women's track and field, the 800-meter relay team raced to a seventh place finish in their heat. The team's time of 1:39.24, is only bested by a 1998 Penn relay that finished in 1:37.57.
The Red and Blue found great success off the track as well as senior Camille Richard nearly took the Penn Relays title in the triple jump in her final Relays appearance. Richard finished second with her best jump of the outdoor season at 12.04 meters (39-06 ft.). The effort sealed her spot in the ECAC Championships next month.
The final day of competition on Saturday will feature several more relay teams with the 1,600-meter relay team running in the ECAC final at 5:55 p.m. and the 3,200-meter relay team in the Championship of America at 2 p.m.
Penn at the Relays
100-Meter Hurdles: 29-Cope, Han. (14.74)
400-Meter Hurdles: 36-Madison (1:03.51)
400-Meter Relay (prelims): 27-Penn (47.20)
400-Meter Relay (ECAC Final): 7-Penn (46.74)
800-Meter Relay: 32-Penn (1:39.24)
1,600-Meter Relay: 4-Penn (3:49.88)
4x1500-Meter Relay: 5-Penn (18:11.87)
Sprint Medley Relay: 6-Penn (3:54.50)
Pole Vault: 14-Lozovatskaya (3.50m)
Javelin: 6-Morelli (41.73m)
Triple Jump: 2-Richard (12.04m)
Long Jump: 15-Gevitz (5.64m), 6-Tagliavini (5.84m)
Discus: 24-Donovan (36.95m)
High Jump: 11-Judge (1.64m)