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PHILADELPHIA - Five members of the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team are set to compete at the 2010 NCAA East Preliminary Round held at North Carolina A&T's Aggie Stadium in Greensboro, N.C., May 27-29.

The meet begins Thursday afternoon and concludes Saturday night. All five Quakers will compete on Thursday with sophomore Paige Madison, senior Anna Aagenes, junior Kali Strother and senior Jamie Massarelli competing in the first round of their respective track events. Senior Kathryn Gevitz will be competing in the long jump Thursday and in the triple jump Saturday.

The top 24 finishers in the first round of each event advance to the quarterfinals where the top 12 will advance to compete in the semifinals and finals of the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., June 9-12.

Gevitz is the first Quaker to compete at the meet as the long jump gets underway at 1 p.m. She enters the event ranked 28th in the East and holds the school record with her leap of 6.10 meters (20 feet, 1/4 inches) at the Heptagonal Championships on May 8. Gevitz is the only Quaker that will be competing in more than one event as she also qualified in the triple jump. That event begins at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Penn's next competitor will be Madison in the NCAA First Round of the 400-meter hurdles. She competes in the meet's first women's track event at 4 p.m. The top 24 finishers will advance on to the NCAA Quarterfinals of the event at 7:15 p.m. Friday. Madison enters the meet ranked 25th with her school-record time of 58.89 from her second-team All-Ivy performance at the Heptagonal Championships.

An hour later, Aagenes will take to the Aggies' blue track in the 1,500 meters. She ranks 28th in the region with her career-best time of 4:24.32 at the P-Y-P meet on April 10 in Princeton, N.J. If her time is among the 24-best in the first round, the quarterfinals will take place Saturday at 6:45 p.m.

Strother will represent Penn in the NCAA First Round of the 400 meters at 7 p.m. She is the highest ranked Quaker at the meet, entering the event with the region's 22nd-fastest time this year. Her season and career-best effort of 54.02 is also the third-fastest time in her heat. If she qualifies for the quarterfinals, they will take place at 5:45 p.m. Friday.

Massarelli will cap the day for the Red and Blue in the 800 meters at 8 p.m. She reached the NCAA First Round in the event with the fifth-fastest time in Penn history - 2:09.25 - which ranks 38th in the region this season. The NCAA Quarterfinals of the 800 meters will take place on Friday evening at 6:45 p.m.

A full recap will be available at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of each day's events.

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