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Penk, Wright and Wagner Capitalize on "Last Chance" With Career Day

March 7, 2009

In a last attempt to better scores for NCAA Indoor Championship qualification, Georgia Tech track & field freshman Bailey Wagner and sophomores Erica Penk and Joanna Wright all set career-high marks at the Virginia Tech Last Chance Meet Saturday in Blacksburg, Va.

Looking to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships, held next weekend, Penk and Wagner each posted provisional marks on the day in the pole vault and shot put, respectively. Wagner extended her Tech indoor record throw of 49’10” set last weekend with a 49’11.25″ throw on Saturday. She will now have to wait and see if her distance is good enough to punch a ticket to next weekend’s national meet.

Penk, putting forth the biggest surprise on the day, hit a clearance of 13’2.25″ which was 2.75″ higher than her previous career best. She finished the meet in third place.

Wright had already provisionally qualified on the season, but left the meet having extended her best mark with a 13’2.25″ vault as well. Penk and Wright, like Wagner, will have to see if their marks are good enough to continue their indoor seasons.

The NCAA Championships begin Friday, March 13, in College Station, Texas.

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