Women's Track and Field Heads to New York City

Updated Indoor Record Book

Penn Indoor Performance Lists

PHILADELPHIA - Following a first-place team finish last week at Navy, the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team is heading to one of the most historic track facilities in the nation on Friday when they compete in the Great Dance Classic at the historic Armory in New York City.

The Great Dane Classic is a scored meet and begins at 12:30 p.m. with the 5,000 meters. The first field event, the weight throw, begins at the same time. All events are women first, following with the men. The night concludes with the 4x400-meter relay at 7 p.m.

In the team's first meet of 2011, Penn finished first among the eight schools with a team score of 129.50. En route to an ECAC qualifying time, Leslie Kovach won the 3,000 meters with a time of 9:51.27. The sophomore was followed by sophomore teammate Margaret Diacont, who also broke the 10-minute mark with an ECAC qualifying time of 9:58.85. Freshman Gabrielle Piper moved up in the Penn record books once again with her first-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles. The freshman ran a career-best 9.01 to move into sixth-place in Red and Blue history in the event. In the 4x400-meter relay, the Quakers junior foursome of Leah Brown, Victoria Strickland, Paige Madison and Renee McDougall raced to a first-place finish of 3:53.77.

Last year, with some near school-record performances, Penn finished third at the Great Dance Classic. There were 26 teams that scored at the meet as 45 of Penn's 68.83 points came from underclassmen. Seton Hall won the meet with 98 points. Kovach was named the Athlete of the Meet after breaking the meet record in the 5,000 meters. She blew away the field with her finish of 17:08.46 - the runner-up finished 24 seconds later.

Complete results from the Great Dane Classic will be available on PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of Friday’s events.