PHILADELPHIA - As tradition dictates, the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team teamed with Cornell to take on British Universities Oxford and Cambridge in the biennial meet. The Quakers and Big Red remained the only Ivy pairing to remain unbeaten against the schools with a 17-2 win Saturday at Franklin Field.
Following traditional British scoring, each event winner earned one point for their team. Cornell and Penn combined to win 17 of the 19 events. Highlighting the day for the Quakers was Anna Aagenes' regional qualifying win in the 800 meters as well as the victories by Kali Strother in the 200 meters, Leah Brogan in the 3,000 meters, Kristen Judge in the high jump, Kathryn Gevitz in the long jump and Camille Richard in the triple jump.
Aagenes will compete at the Regional Championships after she set a new personal best with her winning time of 2:08.29. The Doylestown, Pa., native has won all four of the races in which she has competed during the outdoor season, improving her 800 meters time at each meet. Her effort Saturday topped her previous outdoor best by more than two seconds. Only three Quakers in team history have ever run a better time in the event.
With a victory in the 3,000 meters, Brogan joined Aagenes as another Quaker to have won all of her outdoor races. Brogan has now won the 3,000 meters three times as well as the 5,000 meters on one occassion. The Toms River, N.J., product won with a time of 9:56.51 on Saturday.
Strother jumped in Penn's all-time rankings with her career-best performance in the 200 meters. On a near perfect day in Philadelphia, the wind was nonexistent as Strother became the fourth-fastest Quaker ever in the event, winning with a time of 24.79.
Judge officially reached the ECAC Championships in her first outdoor season. The freshman surpassed the ECAC height at 1.70 meters (5 feet, 7 inches) to qualify, set a new collegiate best, win the event and tie for fourth in the Penn record book.
Gevitz had the best jump of any Quaker so far this season as she landed at 5.70 meters (18-08.50 ft.) to win the long jump. Gevitz also placed second in the triple jump, in which Richard won with a leap of 11.86 meters (38-11 ft.).
Elsewhere, Jamie Massarelli had the best time of the day in the 400 meters and qualified for the ECAC Championships with a time of 55.83. She was not eligible to score for the Quakers in the event as the meet was held with some traditional British rules, meaning all potential scorers have to be decalred before the start of the meet.
Freshman Paige Madison was second in the 400-meter hurdles, reaching the ECAC standard with a time of 1:01.26. The 400-meter relay team also placed second and had a season-best time of 47.75.
Penn and Cornell meet Oxford and Cambridge in the transatlantic dual every two years, alternating as the hosts on each occassion. In 2011, the Quakers will head across the Atlantic for the next meeting.
The Quakers will continue with another tradition next week when they participate in the Penn Relays beginning on Thursday and concluding Saturday night. For more information and to purchase tickets to the Penn Relays, log on to www.ThePennRelays.com.