NEW YORK, N.Y. - With a victory from the 4x400 relay team and runner-up finishes from two other Quakers, the University of Pennsylvania women's indoor track and field team finished fifth at the Armory Duals Saturday night at The Armory in New York City.
Penn's 4x400 relay team had its best time of the season in winning the event. The Quakers' team of Paige Madison, Jamie Massarelli, Renee McDougall and Kali Strother ran to a finish of 3:47.81, betterin Wake Forest by more than a second. The time improved upon Penn's ECAC qualifying time and now sits as the third-best all-time in the Penn record books.
Leslie Kovach was the runner-up in the 3,000 meters as she completed the event faster than any freshman in program history. Kovach is now sixth all-time in the event at Penn with her finish of 9:46.54. It also qualified her for the ECAC's. Earlier this year, Kovach moved into sixth all-time in the indoor 5,000 meters.
Also placing second was senior Yelizaveta Lozovatskaya who equaled the school's second-best effort of 3.60 meters (11 feet, 9.75 inches) in the pole vault. She held the school's second-place spot in the record book after also passing that height in 2008. Lozovatskaya tied the mark when she passed the bar cleanly on her second attempt. She then nearly cleared 12 feet in the next round.
Sophomore Leah Brown ran the second fastest 60 meters in school history. She bettered her time of 7.68 in the preliminaries with a finals time of 7.66 to place third and qualify for the ECAC Championships.
Two Quakers scored in the 400 meters with ECAC times. Madison finished in 56.37 to move into second-place on Penn's all-time list and Massarelli moved in right behind her and is now third in the school's record book after she came in at 56.54. Only Jessie Carlin (55.39) has ever run faster in a Quaker uniform. Madison finished fifth in the event and Massarelli was sixth.
In the 200 meters, Strother ran to a third-place finish, coming in at 24.95. It was the third time this season in which she broke the 25-second barrier.
Senior Kathryn Gevitz qualified for the ECAC Championships for the first time this season with her leap of 5.70 meters (18-08.50 ft.). The effort placed her fourth in the event, while sophomore Catherine Okoukoni also scored in the long jump, finishing eighth at 5.50 meters (18-00.50 ft.). Okoukoni scored in the triple jump as well, placing sixth at 11.51 meters (37-09.50 ft.).
This was the final regular season meet of the 2010 indoor track and field season. The Quakers have next weekend off as they prepare for the 2010 Heptagonal Indoor Championships in Hanover, N.H., on Feb. 27-28.