Women's Track and Field Wins P-Y-P Meet


PRINCETON, N.J. - Both Paige Madison and Kathryn Gevitz won two events for the University of Pennsylvania women's track and field team Saturday as the Quakers went on to win the P-Y-P meet against Princeton and Yale at Weaver Stadium in Princeton, N.J.

It is an impressive win for the Quakers. Not only was it the first win for Penn in the annual meet between the three Ivy rivals since 2006, but Princeton won the indoor heptagonal championships in Februrary and is the defending outdoor heptagonal champions. Princeton was also ranked No. 4 in the Mid-Atlantic Region entering the meet, while the Quakers were No. 5. Penn finished with 89 points. The Tigers were second with 83 and Yale was third with 25 points.

Gevitz and sophomore Catherine Okoukoni finished one-two in the triple jump and the long jump. Gevitz won the long jump title by surpassing her previous collegiate best by a centimeter. Her first jump measured 5.75 meters (18 feet, 10 1/2 inches) and moved her up to a tie for eighth in the school record books. Okoukoni was second at 5.53 meters (18-01.75 ft.). In the triple jump, Gevitz blew away the competition with a leap of 12.22 meters (40-01.75 ft.). Okoukoni was the runner-up at 11.70 meters (38-04.75 ft.).

Madison pulled away to win both hurdles events. In the 100-meter hurdles, with a slight breeze at her back, she finished in 14.67 to top Princeton's Bianca Mathabane's time of 14.81. The sophomore made it look easy in the 400 hurdles as she won by more than three seconds with her time of 1:02.08.

In a tight race for first place, the meet came down to the field events. Freshman Morgan Wheeler pulled out the victory in the javelin. She fouled twice, but all four of her eligible throws were better than the rest of the field. Her top effort came on her second to last toss, landing the javelin at 35.19 meters (115-05 ft.).

Senior Yelizaveta Lozovatskaya and sophomore Natalie Parkes had record days in the pole vault. Each set a personal best and moved up among Penn's all-time best pole vaulters. Lozovatskaya won the event with an ECAC qualifying performance of 3.70 meters (12-01.50 ft.). It is also the second-best performance in school history. Parkes had her top collegiate effort with a second-place finish of 3.50 meters (11-05.75 ft.). That now moves Parkes into a tie for fourth-place all-time at Penn.

In the shot put, freshman Charlotte Pope broke a personal best with a toss of 12.67 meters (41-07 ft.). The placed her second in the event and moved her up in the Penn record books. Pope moved up one spot and is now eighth all-time.

Sophomore Kristen Judge won the high jump. She was the only competitor to pass the bar at 1.63 meters (5-04.75 ft.) and she did so on her first attempt.

Back on the track, Penn won seven of the 10 track events. Senior Anna Aagenes qualified for the ECAC's in the 1,500 meters with the second-fastest time ever recorded by a Quaker. She edged out Princeton's Alex Banfich by just more than half a second. Aagenes' winning time was 4:24.32.

Senior Jamie Massarelli reached the ECAC time in the 800 meters and also moved into seventh-place all-time in the school record books. She won the event with a personal-best finish of 2:10.26.

Freshman Leslie Kovach finished third in the 3,000 meters to reach the ECAC's with a time of 9:48.58. She too moved into the record books and is now listed as Penn's eighth-fastest ever in the 3,000 meters.

Freshman Leah Brown, the third-fastest 100-meter sprinter in Penn history, set a career best in the event on Saturday. Brown was the runner-up as she stopped the clock at 12.09 - one-hundreth of a second better than her previous best.

In the 400 meters, Kali Strother won with the fourth-fastest performance in school history. Her time of 54.92 joined her with just three other Quakers to ever break the 55-second barrier in the outdoor 400 meters. The effort was also a qualifier for the ECAC Championships.

The 4x100 relay won for the second straight week. They sprinted to a finish of 47.04 to top the Tigers at 47.22. The 4x400 relay was also victorious with their time of 3:45.89.

Renee McDougall was second in the 200 meters with a collegiate-best time of 24.85.

Next Saturday, the Quakers head to Ithaca, N.Y., for another matchup with an Ivy rival in recent conference powerhouse Cornell.