Women's Track and Field Completes Final Penn Relays Tune-Up


PRINCETON, N.J. - Sophomore Leslie Kovach won the 3,000 meters for the Quakers with the second-best time of her career in the final tune-up before the Red and Blue host the 117th Running of the Penn Relays. In all, the Quakers posted 12 top-10 finishes this weekend at Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational at Weaver Stadium.

Kovach went head-to-head with Brown's Heidi Caldwell. The two grew a comfortable lead over the field and finished within a few strides of one another. But it was Kovach that outran the Ivy freshman with a winning time of 9:42.02. It was the second-fastest time of her career as she set the school record in the event earlier this spring.

In the high jump, junior Kristen Judge and sophomore Morgan Wheeler finished in a tie for third by clearing the bar at 1.65 meters (5 feet, 5 inches). They won the tiebreaker over serveral other competitors as neither of them missed on any of their attempts up to that point.

Junior Leah Brown was fifth in the 100 meters and the 200 meters. She was third in her heat in the 100 with a time of 12.39, while sophomore Nony Onyeador was eighth in the 48-woman field with her sprint of 12.51. Brown won her heat in the 200 with a time of 24.86 and Onyeador posted another top-10 finish at 25.36.

In the 100-meter hurdles, freshman Gabrielle Piper was fourth in her heat and eighth overall with a finish of 14.82. Piper was also a member of the 4x100-meter relay team along with Brown, Renee McDougall and Kali Strother that finished fourth with their time of 47.20.

Brown and McDougall then teamed up with Victoria Strickland and Paige Madison for a fifth-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay. The foursome finished in 3:48.34 - the best time of the 2011 outdoor season for the Quakers.

Sophomore Charlotte Pope was 10th in the shot put as her second toss of the day landed at 12.34 meters (40-06 ft.).

Some tickets are still available here for the 117th running of the Penn Relays, the world's oldest and largest relay carnival, April 28-30.