Women's Track and Field Places Second at Yale


NEW HAVEN, Conn. - In a meet with Ivy rivals Princeton and Yale on Saturday in Connecticut, Penn finished just four points behind the first-place Tigers. In all the Quakers had eight winners in the 19 events and three ECAC qualifying marks.

Senior Leah Brogan improved upon her ECAC qualifying mark in the 3,000 meters. Brogan bested the field with a time of 9:45.11 and has now won all three individual races in which she has competed during the outdoor season. The Toms River, N.J., native improved her career-best time by two seconds and now sits in fifth-place on Penn's all-time list in the event.

Junior pole vaulter Yelizaveta Lozovatskaya was forced indoors due to inclement weather for her event, but had her best performance of the season. She placed second and qualified for the ECAC Championships, clearing a height of 3.65 meters (11-11.75 ft.). No other competitor surpassed that height, but the first-place tiebreaker went to Princeton's Jessica Kloss.

In the 800 meters, the Quakers added another ECAC qualifier with Anna Aagenes' winning time of 2:11.13. It was the best time of the outdoor season for the junior as she pulled away for the win. Junior Kimberly Shooshan was the runner-up in the event at 2:14.38.

Penn swept all the scoring in the long jump as four Quakers claimed the top four spots. Junior Kathryn Gevitz won the event with a jump of 5.64 meters (18-06 ft.). Seniors Whitney Tagliavini and Camille Richard finished second and third, respectively, and freshman Catherine Okoukoni rounded out the scoring sweep with a fourth-place showing. Tagliavini's best leap measured 5.51 meters (18-01 ft.) and Richard topped out at 5.39 meters (17-08.25 ft.). With Okoukoni's jump of 5.35 meters (17-06.75 ft.), Penn gained all 11 points from the event.

Richard won the triple jump, leaping 11.65 meters (38-02.75 ft.). It was the second win of the season for the West Vancouver, British Columbia, native. Okoukoni and Gevitz also scored in the triple jump. Okoukoni was third at 11.40 meters (37-05 ft.) and Gevitz was fourth at 11.38 meters (37-04 ft.).

Junior Hannah Cope was the winner in the 100-meter hurdles with her time of 14.71 and the 1,600-meter relay team claimed a victory with a finish of 4:03.22.

Freshman Kristen Judge won the high jump for the first time in her career. She was the only competitor to clear the bar at 1.65 meters (5-5 ft.), scoring five points for the Quakers. Senior Heather Kennedy also garnered the five first-place points as she posted her first collegiate win. Kennedy won the javelin with a toss of 31.66 meters (103-10 ft.), more than 12 feet better than any other woman in the event.

Next Saturday, the Quakers will join with Cornell to face off against thier British counterparts in the historic Oxford/Cambridge meet. The meet, which takes place every two years, will be held on American soil at Franklin Field this season.

Women's Team Standings (19 Events Scored)
1) Princeton 88
2) Penn 84
3) Yale 25