Penn State National Invitational Results
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Three more ECAC marks highlighted the Penn State National Invitational for the University of Pennsylvania women's indoor track and field team on Saturday at one of the toughest meets in nation this weekend. Leslie Kovach, Davielle Brown and the 4x800-meter relay team all qualified for the postseason meet.
Kovach was the runner up in the 5,000 meters. As the only two runners competing for the event title down the stretch - they were 30 seconds better than the rest of the field - Kovach was just five seconds off the pace of Connecticut freshman Lauren Sara. Kovach finished in 16:55.94 to place second among the 23 competitors. Sophomore Margaret Diacont was seventh with a time of 17:46.52.
Brown was also the runner-up. She finished in a tie for first in the pole vault at 3.60 meters (11 feet, 9 3/4 inches), but lost the tie-breaker to the only other competitor to surpass the bar at that level. Brown missed on her first two attempts at 3.30 meters, but cleared the bar on her final attempt to remain in the competition. She passed the next height on her second try and then moved to third all-time in the Penn record books by passing 3.60 meters on her third and final attempt.
The 4x800-meter relay team was fourth in their ECAC qualifying effort. Veronica Salcido, Kim Condino, Adrianne McCray and Stephanie Green ran to a finish of 9:12.05, which topped prominent relay teams of Tennessee and West Virginia.
The 4x400-meter relay team had the third-best finish in school history at 3:47.28. With the fastest time for a Penn 4x400 relay since 2006, Paige Madison, Renee McDougall, Victoria Strickland and Catherine Okoukoni finished eighth out of the 25 competing teams.
Freshman Gabrielle Piper broke the nine-second mark in the 60-meter hurdles for the first time in her career. She finished 32nd in a deep field with her time of 8.99.
In the 3,000 meters, sophomore Megan Powell and freshman Christine Cohick finished sixth and seventh, respectively. Powell finished in 10:06.56, while Cohick came across the finish line briefly thereafter at 10:08.83.
Next weekend, the Quakers head to New York City for the first of three straight meets at the historic Armory. The first is the New Balance Invitational on Friday and Saturday.