Women's Track and Field in Fifth Place at Heptagonals




CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Junior Kathryn Gevitz and senior Whitney Tagliavini combined for 10 of Penn's 16 points with their efforts in the long jump Saturday at day one of the 2009 Indoor Heptagonal Championships at Gordon Track. With one day of competition remaining, Penn sits in fifth place.

Many of the finals of the events are still to come as Princeton leads the way with 43 points. The Tigers are followed by Cornell (29.5 points), Dartmouth (23) and Harvard (20.5), respectively. Sunday’s slate of events kicks off with the triple jump final at 11 a.m. and ends with the mile relay at 3:15 p.m. The awards ceremony for the meet is scheduled shortly thereafter at 4:30 p.m.

Gevitz and Tagliavini placed third and fourth, respectively. Gevitz had her best jump of the day and of the season on her second attempt in the qualifying round. She landed at 5.68 meters (18 feet, 7 3/4 inches), which placed her second at the time before finishing third after the finals. Tagliavini was right behind her teammate when her final leap of the day measured 5.63 meters (18-05 3/4 ft.).

Penn's other six points on the day came from senior Leah Brogan. Not only did her time of 16:54.44 in the 5,000 meters improve her ECAC qualifying time and place her third, it was a career best effort and stands as the second best finish in Penn history.

Several Quakers had success in the preliminary events as junior Anna Aagenes, junior Hannah Cope and freshman Leah Brown all set new personal bests in their events and climbed the Penn record books.

Aagenes led the field in the preliminaries of the 800 meters. Her time of 2:10.45 was the best of her career and places her fourth all-time at Penn in the event. She'll aim for the Heptagonal championship in the 800 meters on Sunday.

Cope set a new personal best in qualifying for the finals of the 60-meter hurdles. Cope finished in 8.94, which stands as the third-best time in school history. In the 60-meter dash, Brown also set a career best with a preliminary time of 7.65. Only one Quaker in the history of the program has run a faster time in the event - Shaunee Morgan at 7.58 in 2008. Brown and Cope will run in the finals of their events on Sunday afternoon.

Senior Kinjal Parikh broke five minutes in the mile for the first time this season and improved upon her ECAC qualifying time in reaching the finals of the event. Her time of 4:58.02 was the ninth best in the preliminaries. Freshman Laura Steel also reached the finals in the mile with a finish of 5.00.99. Steel qualified for next weekend's ECAC Championships with that time.

Sophomore Kali Strother reached the finals in the 200 meters. She had the third-best time in the preliminaries at 25.29.

Day One Standings

1. Princeton, 43

2. Cornell, 29.5

3. Dartmouth, 23

4. Harvard, 20.5

5. Penn, 16

6. Brown, 11

7. Yale, 8

8. Columbia, 4