STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - In one of the biggest meets of the weekend, the University of Pennsylvania women's indoor track and field team claimed victory in the pole vault, and saw three more individuals and two relay teams reach the ECAC's this weekend at the Penn State National meet in State College, Pa.
In the 400 meters, junior Kali Strother put together one of the best efforts in program history. She qualified for the ECAC Championships with her finish of 56.92, placing her sixth in the event and fourth all-time at Penn. The last Quaker to break 57 seconds in the 400 meters was Jesse Carlin (55.39) in 2008.
Senior Jamie Massarelli qualified for ECAC's in yet another event. Having already reached the postseason this year in the 500 meters and as part of the 4x400 relay, Massarelli did so in the 800 meters on Saturday. Her time of 2:13.29 was just a second below the time needed and placed her fifth.
Senior Yelizaveta Lozovatskaya won the pole vault with freshman Davielle Brown finished third in the event. Lozovatskaya passed the bar at 3.60 meters (11 feet, 9.75 inches) on her second attempt to win the tie-breaker and reach the ECAC's, while Brown finished at 3.45 meters (11-03.75 ft.).
Penn's 4x800 relay team finshed fourth, while the 4x400 relay was ninth. Each team had an ECAC qualifying time. The 4x800 squad of Kim Condino, Veronica Salcido, Adrianne McCray and Leslie Kovach ran to a finish of 9:19.85, becoming the first group to reach the ECAC's in that event for the Quakers. The 4x400 foursome of Massarelli, Renee McDougall, Strother and Jordan Brown finished in 3:49.06, also the best time of the year for the Quakers.
Senior Kellee Hand was eighth in the mile with a time of 5:06.35.
On Friday, the Quakers' distance medley relay team placed ninth with a time of 12:12.10.
Next weekend, the Quakers head to New Haven, Conn., for the Geigengack Invitational on Friday and Saturday.