Women's Track and Field Has Two Score at ECAC's



BOSTON, Mass. - Junior Anna Aagenes and the distance medley relay team scored four points apiece with identical fifth-place finishes during day two of competition at the 2009 Indoor ECAC Championships at Northeastern's Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center Sunday afternoon in Boston, Mass.

Only 51 of the competing schools were able to score at the meet with Penn placing 34th with eight points.

Aagenes ran a near identical time to her preliminary finish of 2:10.26. In the finals on Sunday, she ran with the pack as their was just about a second difference between the sixth-place finisher and the runner-up. The Doylestown, Pa., native finished at 2:10.53 for her fifth-place position. Aagenes will not wait to see if her provisional NCAA time of 2:08.80 from the Heptagonals will be enough to vault her into the championship meet.

The 3,200-meter relay team qualified on Saturday for the finals, but were unable to score, placing ninth. The team finished in a time of 9:16.51. However, the distance medley relay team, featuring Laura Steel, Rachel Villa, Kimberly Shooshan and Kinjal Parikh, added to the Penn scoring with a finish of 11:50.00.

Much like the 3,200-meter relay team, the Quakers had another near miss in the 3,000 meters. Senior Leah Brogan was ninth, missing eighth-place by just seven-hundredths of a second. However, her time of 9:42.74 was the best of her indoor career in the final indoor race of her career. Brogan moved up in the Penn record books from fifth to fourth all-time.

Penn's success in the triple jump throughout the season, meant that the Quakers were well represented at the postseason meet this weekend. Junior Kathryn Gevitz, senior Camille Richard and freshman Catherine Okoukoni all competed for the Red and Blue and finished 12th, 13th and 18th, respectively.

During day one of competition, the Quakers had 11 others compete, including the qualifying runs from Aagenes and the 3,200-meter relay team.

Aagenes still has an at-large chance of making the NCAA Championships when the competing field is announced on Monday. If Aagenes' provisional time makes the cut, she will run in the NCAA's in College Station, Texas, March 13-14.

Penn will begin the outdoor season on March 20-21 at the Wake Forest Open in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Penn at the ECAC's

60 Meters: 14-Brown (7.73p, 7.81s)
800 Meters: 5-Aagenes (2:10.26p, 2:10.53f)
3,000 Meters: 9-Brogan (9:42.74)
Long Jump
: 13-Tagliavini (5.49m), 24-Gevitz (5.26m)
Triple Jump: 12-Gevitz (11.73m), 13-Richard (11.73), 18-Okoukoni (11.45m)
1,600-Meter Relay:15-Penn (3:52.90)
3,200-Meter Relay: 9-Penn (9:06.16p, 9:16.51f)
DMR: 5-Penn (11:50.00)