PHILADELPHIA – Coming off of an impressive showing last weekend at the PSU Northeast Challenge, the University of Pennsylvania women's indoor track and field team will head to New York City on Friday to compete at The Armory in the Great Dane Classic, hosted by the University of Albany.
The 5,000 meter run will kick off the track events at 12:30 p.m., while the weight throw and pole vault will be the opening field events, both also starting at 12:30 p.m. The meet will conclude with the 4x400 relay at 7 p.m.
Last week at the PSU Northeast Challenge, the team saw four postseason qualifiers for the ECAC Championships – freshman Leslie Kovach in the 3,000 meters, sophomore Paige Madison in the 500 meters, junior Kali Strother in the 200 meters, and finally Penn’s 4x400 relay team consisting of Madison, Strother, Victoria Strickland, and Jamie Massarelli.
At the Great Dane Classic last year, the Quakers finished in seventh-place out of the 30 competing teams. Current senior Anna Aagenes came out on top in the 1,000 meters with a time of 2:51.40, the only competitor to break the three-minute barrier. Other notables included Kristen Judge finishing fourth in the high jump, and the distance medley team taking third place.
There are more than 40 schools and track clubs from the Northeast, Florida and Puerto Rico scheduled to be in attendance on Friday as this meet, at the historic facility in New York City, is widely considered the best collegiate meet in the nation this weekend in terms of the amount of qualifying performances for postseason meets.
Results from the Great Dane Classic, which is a scored meet, can be found on PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of the meet.