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PHILADELPHIA – For the first time this year, the University of Pennsylvania women’s track and field team will compete at Franklin Field as they host the Penn Invite Saturday.
The Penn Invite starts at 8 a.m. with the hammer throw at South Field. The first race inside Franklin Field will be the 5,000 meters at 11:15 a.m. The field events will wrap up at 2:30 p.m. with the javelin and the 4x400-meter relay will conclude the racing events, which is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. The home meet will feature 40 teams from 21 schools, including all of the Big 5 teams as well as Ivy League counterpart Columbia.
Last weekend, the team traveled to College Park, Md., to compete against 14 teams at the Maryland Invitational. The Quakers finished in third place behind three first-place performances. Freshman Leslie Kovach won the 5,000-meter race with a time of 17:34.92 as teammates Margaret Diacont and Kellee Hand placed second and fourth, respectively. Senior Anna Aagenes took first place in the 1,500 meters, beating the competition handily in a time of 4:33.26, narrowly missing the ECAC mark for the second time, while sophomore Leah Brown earned a victory in the 200 meters, posting a season-best time of 25.00.
In blustery conditions at the Penn Invite last year, the host Quakers posted five victories and recorded 21 top-eight finishes. The 4x100 relay and 4x800 relay squads both finished in first place. Aagenes and Kathryn Gevitz will have chances to defend their event titles in the 800 meter race and triple jump, respectively; while Kali Strother will look to repeat as the winner of the 200-meter dash.
Complete results from the Penn Invite will be available on Pennathletics.com shortly after the conclusion of Saturday’s events. Penn's only other home meet this year is the Penn Relays. For tickets to the 116th running of the world's oldest largest relay carnival, click the link atop this release.