PHILADELPHIA, PA - Gov. Livingston junior Leah Saifi fought through the treacherous rain conditions for a pole vaulter clearing 11-00 and placed fifth at the Penn Relays on Thursday afternoon at University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field.
The athletes must first meet the high qualifying standards set for high school entries and then are selected for acceptance. Saifi qualified by reaching the set standard of 11-0 1/4 with a personal best mark of 12-00.
The Girls 4 X 400 Relay Team of Kristen Splaine, Caroline Peer, Danielle Pertyk and Kylie Accardi qualified by meeting the 4:20.0 qualification standard. In addition, running in the Girls 4 X 100 Relay Team were Kristen Splaine, Kylie Accardi, Caroline Peer and Kenedi Facey.
Also qualifying were the Boys 4 X 400 Team of Doug Ladzinski, Andrew Aguilera, Evan Stuart and Justin Gionnone meeting the qualification standard of 3:40.0 for high school boy entries. Scheduled to run in the Boys 4 X 100 were Evan Stuart, Rich Leonardis, Nick DeLuca and Andrew Aguilera.
The Penn Relays is the oldest and largest track and field competition in the United States, hosted annually since April 21, 1895 by the University of Pennsylvania at Franklin Field. It regularly attracts more than 15,000 participants from high schools, colleges, and track clubs throughout North America and abroad.