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PHILADELPHIA Four members of the University of Pennsylvania women’s track and field team scored for the Quakers during the first day of competition at the 2009 Outdoor Heptagonal Championships at Franklin Field Saturday. Competing at home, Penn’s 10 points currently puts the Quakers in sixth place with the majority of the finals taking place on Sunday.
Half of Penn’s points on Saturday came from the long jump. Junior Kathryn Gevitz was fourth and freshman Catherine Okoukoni finished sixth to combine for five points for the Red and Blue. Gevitz was second in her heat, leaping 5.63 meters on her final attempt prior to the finals. She bested that mark, jumping 5.68 meters (18 feet, 7 ¾ ft.) on two occasions in the afternoon finals to sustain her fourth-place position. Okoukoni’s second jump of the day was marked at 5.61 meters (18-05 ft.) and qualified her for the finals in her first outdoor Heptagonals appearance. That effort stood as her best throughout the finals and finished in the scoring.
In one of the first finals of the meet, senior Deanna Morelli scored for the Quakers with a sixth-place finish in the javelin. The Staten Island, N.Y., product had a throw of 36.56 meters to get into the finals, where on her second attempt, her toss landed at 37.36 meters (122-07 ft.).
In the pole vault, Yelizaveta Lozovatskaya finished fourth, tying a season-best. On her second attempt at the height, the junior cleared the bar at 3.65 meters (11-11.75 ft.). The effort earned the Quakers four points in the early afternoon of Day One.
In the 100 meters, freshman Leah Brown, had the third fastest time in the preliminaries. Brown won her heat by matching a career-best at 12.10 and will compete in the final at 2:35 p.m. Sunday.
Junior Paige Madison qualified for the finals in both hurdles events Saturday. In the 100-meter hurdles, she reached the championship race with a finish of 14.66, finishing third in her heat. In the 400-meter hurdles, she had the sixth-fastest time overall at 1:03.24. Also reaching the 400-meter hurdle finals was sophomore Rachel Villa. She placed just behind Madison in the preliminaries with a finish of 1:03.90 in her heat.
Junior Anna Aagenes advanced in the 800 meters. She had the second-best time in the preliminaries with her finish of 2:10.48.
Senior Kinjal Parikh, in her final Heptagonal meet, reached the finals of the 1,500 meters. Her time of 4:42.85 guaranteed her a spot in the final Sunday at 1:45 p.m.
The final day of competition begins at 9 a.m. with the discus. The 2009 version of the Outdoor Heptagonals will conclude with the 1,600-meter relay at 5 p.m. Sunday. For complete coverage of the Quakers, be sure to log on to www.PennAthletics.com.
1. Princeton, 41
2. Cornell, 30
3. Harvard, 25
4. Dartmouth, 24
5. Brown, 15
6. Penn, 10
6. Columbia, 10
8. Yale, 0