ITHACA, N.Y. - In a rare dual meet, the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team went head-to-head with Ivy League powerhouse Cornell, but it was the Big Red that prevailed on their home track despite Jamie Massarelli's track-record performance in the 800 meters.
On a cold and dreary day in Ithaca, N.Y., Cornell won the meet with 111.5 points, while the Quakers accumulated 50.5 points.
Massarelli won the 800 meters with the fifth-fastest time in school history. The senior set a personal best with her finish of 2:09.25. It easily topped the field and broke a nine-year old track record. The previous Kane Complex record was 2:10.9 set by a Cornell runner in 2001.
Freshman Leslie Kovach won the 5,000 meters. She qualified for the ECAC Championships in the event and was the only competitor to break the 17-minute mark. Her time of 16:59.18 was more than 12 seconds better than her nearest competition.
In the high jump, sophomore Kristen Judge earned the victory as the only woman to clear 1.65 meters (5 feet, 5 inches). In fact, Judge was the only athlete to pass the bar at 1.61 meters and then went on to clear 1.65 meters on her second attempt.
Senior Kathryn Gevitz was the winner in the long jump. Her second attempt in the finals was aided by wind, but far surpassed the opposition. In fact, four of Gevitz's jumps were better than the rest of the field. Her winning leap measured 6.08 meters (19-11.05 ft.). Gevitz also scored in the triple jump with a second-place finish of 12.01 meters (39-05 ft.).
Freshman Charlotte Pope blew away her previous career best in the shot put. She launched her first toss 13.32 meters (43-08.50 ft.). It placed her second in the event, but moved her into fifth all-time in the school record books.
Senior Amy Donovan jumped into the Penn record books in the discus. Her career best toss of 40.68 meters (133-05 ft.) placed her second at the meet and ninth in school history. Freshman Corrine Rich also scored in the event with a third-place toss of 40.20 meters (131-11 ft.).
In the javelin, freshman Morgan Wheeler jumped into eighth-place all-time in the school record books. Her toss of 40.26 meters (132-01 ft.) came on her third throw and placed her second, just 13 centimeters behind the winner.
Sophomore Paige Madison was the runner up in both hurdles events. Her time of 14.51 in the 100-meter hurdles was just one-hundreth of a second behind the winner, while she was just steps behind in the 400-meter hurdles with her time of 1:02.18.
Sophomore Leah Brown scored in both the 100 and 200 meters. She finished in 12.10 in the 100-meter dash to place third behind two members of the Big Red and was second in the 200 meters with her time of 25.15.
The Quakers won't have much time to rest. The 116th running of the Penn Relays begins on Wednesday with the heptathlon.