Women's Track and Field Shines on Day One of Penn Relays

Thursday Results

Penn Schedule/Results at the Penn Relays

PHILADELPHIA – With their best finish of the season, the 400-meter relay for the University of Pennsylvania women’s track and field team qualified for the ECAC final at the Penn Relays in front of 24,315 fans – the meet’s highest first day attendance since 2006 – at Franklin Field Thursday.

Freshman Renee McDougall, sophomore Kali Strother, freshman Paige Madison and freshman Leah Brown finished the 400-meter relay in a time of 47.20. The underclassmen foursome placed sixth in a nine-team heat that featured relay powers, LSU, Miami (Fla.) and TCU. Overall, the Quakers finished with the 27th-best time out of the 81 competing teams, including the best finish of any Ivy school. The squad will run in the ECAC final at 1:17 p.m. Friday.

Madison also ran in the 400-meter hurdles in one of the first events of the 2009 Penn Relays. She finished fifth in her heat in a time of 1:03.51.

Kristen Judge competed in the high jump in her first Relays. The freshman nearly tabbed a top-10 showing as she finished with a height of 1.64 meters (5 feet, 4 1/2 inches), placing 11th.

Yelizaveta Lozovatskaya was 14th in the pole vault. Only seven other competitors surpassed the junior's effort of 3.50 meters (11-05.75 ft.), but Lozovatskaya lost the tiebreaker to place outside of the top 10.

In the late afternoon, junior Kathryn Gevitz and senior Whitney Tagliavini each represented the Quakers in the long jump. Gevitz placed 15th with a long jump of 5.64 meters (18-06 ft.) and, in her final Penn Relays, Tagliavini was sixth as her best jump measured 5.84 meters (19-02 ft.). Tagliavini qualified for the ECAC Championships with the jump. Gevitz is scheduled to compete for the Red and Blue tomorrow in the triple jump.

In the discus, junior Amy Donovan placed 24th with a toss of 36.95 meters (121-02 ft.), while in the javelin, senior Deanna Morelli was sixth with her best effort measuring 41.73 (136-10 ft.). It was a career-best for Morelli and moved her into sixth-place all-time at Penn in the event.

In the heptagonal version of the 1,600-meter relay - an event in which the 2005 Quakers hold the Relays record - Penn finished fourth with a time of 3:49.88.

Day two for the Quakers will feature several more relay teams as well as three members of the Red and Blue in the triple jump at 11 a.m.

Penn at the Relays

400-Meter Hurdles: 36-Madison (1:03.51)
400-Meter Relay: 27-Penn (47.20)
1,600-Meter Relay: 4-Penn (3:49.88)
Pole Vault: 14-Lozovatskaya (3.50m)
Javelin: 6-Morelli (41.73m)
Long Jump: 15-Gevitz (5.64m), 20-Tagliavini (5.50m)
Discus: 24-Donovan (36.95m)
High Jump:
11-Judge (1.64m)