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How have you grown as an athlete during your time at Pitt?
Lumley: Pitt has not only helped me grow as a student, but also as an athlete during the past five years. Participating on the track team and representing both the Pitt block and script has really shaped me into the person I am today. My events, the heptathlon and triple jump, directly correlate to everyday life; totaling 8 events, I have learned to manage a lot going on at once. Competing in the heptathlon has taught me more about life than I ever thought possible! Between the long, physically, and mentally draining practices, I have discovered peace in the satisfaction of overcoming what I previously thought was impossible. At meets I get to go out there and let all the hard work pay off. If it wasn't for this crazy multi life with constant practice of my time management, I would not have been as successful in earning my Bachelors in Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering while participating in such a tough program. My role as an athlete here at the University of Pittsburgh has trickled into so many other areas of my life and without the structure, discipline, failures, or lessons learned, I would not be me.

What has been your biggest accomplishment?
Lumley: Pitt has granted me the opportunity to accomplish a lot in such a short amount of time. One of my biggest accomplishments involved taking on the role of President of our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) and all the experiences that came with it. Through S.A.A.C. I was able to attend a handful of ACC S.A.A.C. conference trips where I networked with other athletes and bounced a variety of ideas on how to shape the vision of how S.A.A.C. can help our athletes at Pitt. Thoughts of having an ESPYs-type event through the athletic department have lingered around for multiple years and I wanted to finally make it happen. With persistence and planning, the 2015-2016 S.A.A.C. was able to make that dream a reality. Last year marked the inaugural Panther Gala awards show and I'm beyond thrilled I have been able to leave such an impactful pawprint for years to come.

Favorite moment - a moment you'll never forget?
Lumley: Without a doubt, one of the coolest Pitt memories I will treasure forever was walking on Heinz Field with the rest of the 2015-2016 Homecoming court and taking in everything around me as I took home the title of 2015 Pitt Homecoming Queen. This would have never been possible without the help of my huge team and all their campaigning around campus. The experience prior to the crowning was amazing because I learned a lot about managing an election/ team and made some amazing memories and friends along the way.

Biggest surprise of your athletic career?
Lumley: Hearing my Achilles tendon snap was not on my agenda during my athletic career here at Pitt. At the end of my junior year with a few weeks left in our outdoor season, I took a tumble on the Ohio State's long jump runway after the loudest pop came from my body. I am a strong believer everything happens for a reason; that unfortunate surprise transformed into a 2-year growth period and opened many doors. I used my senior year redshirt as I rehabbed my way back to health and bettered my patience level in the process. I learned a lot about myself and a lot about others, too. Another surprise almost as big as the first was my determination to get back to the point where I can represent Pitt one last time out on the track, and in order to do that, I had to leave fear behind. It was very empowering to overcome such a huge obstacle and I will use the lessons learned for years to come.

Main goal heading into final season (or final year)?
Lumley: There are only a few weeks left in my final year of track and field. Talk about a mix of emotions! After overcoming such a huge injury and being granted the chance to compete for one last season, I have taken on every practice and meet with such a different mindset. My coaches have helped nurture me back physically and mentally; everything I do, I do with passion. As we are approaching championship season, I'm going to continue leaving everything on the track! When I actually realized such a huge part of my life is finally coming to an end, every single opportunity becomes a gift.

How have you managed to be a successful student and D1 athlete?
Lumley: In order to survive the D1 athlete lifestyle while still being the 'student part' of student-athlete, sacrifices have to be made. Most online "how-to balance your life" visuals show a triangle with headings: enough sleep, good grades, social life. In reality, as a D1 athlete, you need at least an octagon to split up and balance your time between all of the important areas... enough sleep, good grades, social life, proper nutrition, practice, lift, rehab/treatment, spirituality, relaxation, laundry, extracurriculars etc. The huge transition from high school to FR year of college had absolutely everything to do with this new and improved definition of the word balance. I can say with confidence that my time management skills are quite impressive and I will 100% use these acquired skills in my future careers.

Best advice you were given or any advice you must give to future student-athletes?
Lumley: Best advice I can give: get involved! College does not last forever... truth be told those 4-5 years fly by. Make sure you take advantage of everything Pitt has to offer both through athletics and not. You would be amazed how many activities the university has for "non-athlete students". Make friends outside of teams or from classes and truly let yourself enjoy these years where people discover who they are. By submersing yourself in communities around campus whether that be a church or art club, you are one step closer to becoming that well-rounded person Pitt is giving you the opportunity to be. Don't forget about the athletic department or your teammates though... some of my closest friends are from both the track team and other sports teams.

Has Pitt Life Skills played a role during your time here? Explain...
Lumley: Has Pitt Life Skills played a role during my time here... is that even a question?! I knew this extra factor was the one-up Pitt had on other universities I was considering. Ever since the Life in a Fishbowl program as a freshman, I was hooked on this development system. The dozens of programs I have attended over the years whether it was financial, self-defense, etiquette or leadership based, are main components of my growth as an individual. Pitt Life Skills has without a doubt done a fantastic job making us their priority and I can vouch that I am very well-rounded from all the exposure. The opportunities and open doors Life Skills has made possible is another reason why I have been impacted so positively. Networking with and through them have helped me tremendously and have even granted me the chance to do things such as present in front of the University of Pittsburgh's Board of Trustees. On a side note, I have formed amazing relationships with everyone in the office and I know I could turn to them for anything school, sport or outside related.

Favorite part about being a Pitt student-athlete?
Lumley: Being a Pitt student-athlete during these years of such change and transition has been quite the adventure. Through my S.A.A.C. membership (including involvement at ACC S.A.A.C. conference meetings), I've had a chance for my voice to be heard about different situations where us student-athletes could actually make a difference. Watching Pitt switch from block to script as part of the strategic planning initiative following our jump from the Big East conference to the ACC has been so, so neat. I love the amount of responsibility we are given as athletes here at Pitt and the respect as part of one of the power 5 conferences! Hail to Pitt!

Are you involved with any off-campus activities?
Lumley: As a graduated Civil and Environmental Engineer from my past 4 years in undergrad, I have eased up on the extra circular activities (such as ASCE, ESW, SWE) I had involved myself with since the start of grad school this past fall. I am currently working towards my MBA (Masters in Business Association) and have put a lot of focus into track for this last go-round of eligibility. S.A.A.C. was still an integral part of this past year and I'm so glad to have been part of it for all 5 years. I am also an active member in a small group through the church I attend and have loved going to AIA (Athletes in Action) bible study nights.

Transformation PJ DeMeo

How have you grown as a leader of this team?
DeMeo: I think that just happened by having awesome leaders ahead of me. I got to see some really great examples of how to do things. I was able to implement things I saw from them and use that with the team now. Also, with some of the pretty cool programs we went through as a team earlier this fall -those have absolutely helped shape us into leaders.

What has been your biggest accomplishment at Pitt?
DeMeo: Just being able to play at Pitt and represent my hometown. Being able to wear my city across my chest is pretty important. Pittsburgh is an awesome city to grow up in, and being able to play here has been an unreal experience - having Pittsburgh written across the front of my jersey is something that I'll never take for granted.

Do you have a favorite moment?
DeMeo: It was definitely last year when I homered at Grambling State. I hit a homerun in the middle of the game, and nobody said a word to me until we got on the bus about two hours later. Not a word. Not the coaches, not my teammates, not even on the field. I got the straight silent treatment for the remainder of the game. Then we got back on the bus, and everyone went nuts and started talking again. It's a baseball thing. But that was probably my favorite moment.

P.J. DeMeo

Any advice that was given to you that stuck?
DeMeo: The biggest piece of advice someone gave to me was to make other teams feel your pain. Coming from a blue collar town, we are always working. We have to wake up and go to 6 AM practice in the snow; we have to walk to the Cost facility. It's not fun. The best part of that was knowing when the season came, we could make people feel that pain by how we beat them. We could make them understand what we were going through while they were out having 70 degree practices.

Are you involved with anything else on or off campus?
DeMeo: I'm involved with CC Champions. You get paired up with a little kid who has cancer and you act as their "champion" to help the kids get through cancer. I'm matched up with Bryce - you can see I wear his wristband everyday. His name is written in my hat. It's awesome. Bryce has become a huge part of my life - I keep in touch with him probably once every other week with his mom and his dad. Unfortunately he has to come to Pittsburgh for treatment, but knowing for the hour that we get to hang out I can make him feel better is awesome.

I'm also part of SAAC, the student-athlete advisory committee. I'm the director of operations, it's my fourth year doing it. It's been awesome to be able to be a part of the athletics administration as well as represent my fellow athletes' voices with all of the cool legislative stuff going through the NCAA.

Viewing Guide Feb. 16

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Thursday, February 16
Pitt Swimming & Diving at ACC Championships in Atlanta, Ga. | All Day
Television: ACC Network Extra
Social Accounts: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Pitt Women's Basketball vs. Virginia Tech at 7:00 PM
Television: ACC Network Extra
Radio: 1320AM WJAS | Pitt Gameday LIVE app
Online: Watch
Live Stats: GameTracker

Friday, February 17
Pitt Baseball vs. Delaware at 3:30 PM | Kissimmee, Fla.
Live Stats: GameTracker
Social Accounts: Twitter | Instagram

Pitt Softball vs. Nebraska at 4:00 PM | ACC/Big Ten Challenge in Tallahassee, Fla.
Social Accounts: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Pitt Gymnastics at George Washington, Iowa, William & Mary, Maryland at 7:00 PM
Social Accounts: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Saturday, February 18
Pitt Softball vs. Nebraska at 11:00 AM | ACC/Big Ten Challenge in Tallahassee, Fla.
Pitt Softball vs. Northwestern at 6:30 PM | ACC/Big Ten Challenge in Tallahassee, Fla.
Social Accounts: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Pitt Baseball vs. Kansas State at 11:00 AM | Kissimmee, Fla.
Live Stats: GameTracker
Pitt Baseball vs. Ohio State at 5:00 PM | Kissimmee, Fla.
Live Stats: GameTracker
Social Accounts: Twitter | Instagram

Pitt Men's Basketball vs. Florida State at 4:00 PM
Television: ESPN2
Radio: 93.7FM The Fan | Pitt Gameday LIVE app
Online: Watch | Listen
Live Stats: GameTracker

Pitt Wrestling vs. Duke at 7:00 PM
Television: ACC Network Extra
Online: Watch
Social Accounts: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Sunday, February 19
Pitt Softball vs. Northwestern at 10:00 AM | ACC/Big Ten Challenge in Tallahassee, Fla.
Social Accounts: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Pitt Baseball vs. Delaware at 11:00 AM | Kissimmee, Fla.
Live Stats: GameTracker
Social Accounts: Twitter | Instagram

Pitt Women's Basketball at Georgia Tech at 2:00 PM
Television: ACC Network Extra
Radio: KDKA-FM HD3 | Pitt Gameday LIVE app
Online: Watch
Live Stats: GameTracker

Transformation_Kaitlin_Manuel

Do you have a favorite moment since you've been at Pitt?
Manuel:
Absolutely. My sophomore year we went to NCAA Regionals and that was the coolest experience of my life. We beat Cal, we beat Oakland and then we played Michigan in the regional finals. It was the coolest experience playing in front of that many fans. It was really overwhelming, but being in that atmosphere was just amazing. It was a dream come true.

How have you become a leader of the team?
Manuel:
I'm not much of a leader by voice, I don't really tell people what to do - I'm not that loud voice. I am more of a follow me and I'll do what you're going to do type of leader. I'm not going to expect anyone to do anything that I wouldn't do.

We had a judgement day where The Program came in - they kicked our butts. But they made me step out of my comfort zone and do things I wouldn't normally do. For example, I had to run out there and lead an exercise group. I had to get on to people to do stuff - but the more I did it, the more people bought into the entire idea and had to pay attention.

What has been your biggest accomplishment?
Manuel:
I already have a job out of college. I'm going to be a business management analyst at a defensive contract company in Florida. That is exciting for me.

Last fall, I finally got the ACC Honorable Mention. I was really proud about that, it finally showed my hard work paying off.

Any life lessons or takeaways from your time at Pitt?
Manuel:
Accept change. I hate change. I'm originally from San Diego, so coming out here was such a huge difference. I'm such a homebody, but my parents made me leave. I am really grateful for that. Without them, I wouldn't be here. So really accept and embrace change and love it.

Feb 6 Viewing Guide

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Wednesday, February 8

Pitt Men's Basketball at Boston College at 7:00 PM
Television: RSN
Radio: 93.7FM The Fan | Pitt Gameday LIVE app
Online: Watch | Listen
Live Stats: GameTracker

Thursday, February 9

Pitt Women's Basketball vs. Clemson at 6:30 PM
Television: RSN
Radio: 1320AM WJAS | Pitt Gameday LIVE app
Online: Watch
Live Stats: GameTracker

Friday, February 10

Pitt Softball vs. Kentucky at 12:30 PM | UCF Tournamet in Orlando, Fla.
Pitt Softball vs. UCF at 6:00 PM | UCF Tournamet in Orlando, Fla.
Social Accounts: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Pitt Gymnastics at NC State, William & Mary and North Carolina at 7:00 PM
Social Accounts: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Pitt Wrestling vs. Iowa State at 7:00 PM
Television: ACC Network Extra/ Watch ESPN
Online: Watch
Social Accounts: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Saturday, February 11

Pitt Softball vs. Kentucky at 10:00 AM | UCF Tournamet in Orlando, Fla.
Pitt Softball vs. Florida A&M at 12:30 PM | UCF Tournamet in Orlando, Fla.
Social Accounts: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Pitt Men's Basketball vs. Syracuse at 1:00 PM
Television: ACCN (Click here for a listing of ACCN Affiliates)
Radio: 93.7FM The Fan | Pitt Gameday LIVE app
Online: Watch | Listen
Live Stats: GameTracker

Sunday, February 12

Pitt Softball vs. UCF at 12:00 PM | UCF Tournamet in Orlando, Fla.
Social Accounts: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Pitt Women's Tennis at Penn State at 1:00 PM
Social Accounts: Twitter | Instagram

Pitt Wrestling at Virginia at 1:00 PM
Television: ACC Network Extra/ Watch ESPN
Social Accounts: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Pitt Women's Basketball at Duke at 2:00 PM
Television: ACC Network Extra
Radio: 1320AM WJAS | Pitt Gameday LIVE app
Online: Watch

Weekend Invitationals

Pitt Track & Field at SPIRE Invitational in Geneva, OH. | All Day Friday & Saturday
Social Accounts: Twitter | Instagram

Pitt Swimming & Diving at Ohio State Winter Invitational in Columbus, OH. | All Day Saturday & Sunday
Social Accounts: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

The ACC Digital Network partnered with the Pitt Panthers to provide exclusive, all-access coverage of National Letter of Intent Signing Day. Check out all of the 2017 Signing Day footage below.


Pitt Football: National Signing Day 2017 Highlights


Inside the Pitt War Room | National Signing Day 2017


A.J. Davis Film Room: Breaking Down Pitt's New RB


A.J. Davis Signs With Pitt: Gets Huge Reaction From Panthers Staff


Paris Ford Commits To Pitt | Impact Player


Aaron Donald Returns Home to Pitt


Pitt Recruit Carson Van Lynn Ready To "Saw Wood" For The Panthers


Todd Sibley Commits to Pitt & Jokes With Coaches


Pat Narduzzi: Ready To Go For Pitt Signing Day


Jan. 30 Viewing Guide

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Tuesday, January 24

Pitt Men's Basketball at UNC at 7:00 PM
Television: ESPN2
Radio: 93.7FM The Fan | Pitt Gameday LIVE app
Online: Watch | Listen
Live Stats: GameTracker

Thursday, February 2

Pitt Women's Basketball at Syracuse at 7:00 PM
Television: ACC Network Extra
Radio: 1320AM WJAS | Pitt Gameday LIVE app
Online: Watch
Social Accounts: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Friday, February 3

Pitt Wrestling at NC State at 7:00 PM
Television: ACC Network Extra/ Watch ESPN
Online: Watch
Social Accounts: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Saturday, February 4
Pitt Men's Basketball at Duke at 1:00 PM
Television: CBS Sports
Radio: 93.7FM The Fan | Pitt Gameday LIVE app
Online: Listen

Pitt Gymnastics at Temple, West Chester, Ursinus at 1:00 PM
Social Accounts: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Pitt Women's Tennis vs. Duquesne at 4:00 PM
Online: Watch
Social Accounts: Twitter | Instagram

Sunday, February 5

Pitt Women's Basketball at Wake Forest at 2:00 PM
Television: ACC Network Extra
Radio: 1320AM WJAS | Pitt Gameday LIVE app
Online: Watch
Live Stats: GameTracker
Social Accounts: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Weekend Invitationals

Pitt Track & Field at Meyo Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind. | All Day Friday & Saturday
Social Accounts: Twitter | Instagram

Viewing Guide Jan. 23

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Tuesday, January 24

Pitt Men's Basketball vs. Louisville at 7:00 PM
Television: ESPNU
Radio: 93.7FM The Fan | Pitt Gameday LIVE app
Online: Watch | Listen
Live Stats: GameTracker

Thursday, January 26

Pitt Women's Basketball at NC State at 7:00 PM
Television: ACC Network Extra
Radio: 1320AM WJAS | Pitt Gameday LIVE app
Social Accounts: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Friday, January 27

Pitt Gymnastics vs. North Carolina at 6:30 PM
Television: ACC Network Extra
Social Accounts: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Saturday, January 28

Pitt Men's Basketball vs. Clemson at 12:00 PM
Television: RSN (Click here for a listing of RSN affiliates)
Radio: 93.7FM The Fan | Pitt Gameday LIVE app
Online: Watch | Listen
Live Stats: GameTracker

Pitt Wrestling vs. North Carolina at 7:00 PM
Television: ACC Network Extra
Online: Watch
Social Accounts: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Sunday, January 29

Pitt Women's Tennis vs. Notre Dame at 10:00 AM
Social Accounts: Twitter | Instagram

Pitt Women's Basketball vs. Louisville at 2:00 PM
Television: ACC Network Extra
Radio: 1320AM WJAS | Pitt Gameday LIVE app
Online: Watch
Live Stats: GameTracker

Weekend Invitationals

Pitt Swimming & Diving | Western Pennsylvania Invite vs. Duquesne, Carnegie Mellon, Clarion, California University, Saint Francis (Pa.)
Friday, January 27 at 1:00 PM | Saturday, January 28 at 11:00 AM

Television: ACC Network Extra
Social Accounts: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Pitt Track & Field at PSU National Open | All Day Friday & Saturday
Social Accounts: Twitter | Instagram

Viewing Guide Jan 16

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Tuesday, January 17

Pitt Men's Basketball at North Carolina State at 7:00 PM
Television: ESPNU
Radio: 93.7FM The Fan | Pitt Gameday LIVE app
Online: Watch | Listen
Live Stats: GameTracker

Friday, January 20

Pitt Wrestling at Virginia Tech at 7:00 PM
Online: Watch
Social Accounts: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Pitt Track & Field at YSU Invitational - All Day
Social Accounts: Twitter | Instagram

Saturday, January 21

Pitt Women's Tennis vs. West Virginia at 10:00 AM
Social Accounts: Twitter | Instagram

Pitt Swimming & Diving vs. Ohio State at 12:00 PM
Social Accounts: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Pitt Wrestling at VMI at 2:00 PM
Social Accounts: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Pitt Gymnastics at New Hampshire, Southern Connecticut at 4:00 PM
Social Accounts: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Sunday, January 22
Pitt Women's Basketball vs. Virginia at 12:30 PM
Television: RSN
Radio: 1320AM WJAS | Pitt Gameday LIVE app
Online: Watch
Live Stats: GameTracker

Transformation Josh McDonald

How have you been a leader on the track?
McDonald: Being a senior, I'm in more of a leadership role. We have a lot of new, younger guys and transfers, so I'm there to help them not only with track-specific things but with classes and getting around campus as well.

So far this season, we've had two meets - our season is upcoming this semester. This past semester, we've spent a lot of time doing conditioning. That's a tough time for us, doing more of the harder workouts. But before those practices started, I would voluntarily organize workouts to get everyone going. Now during practices, I make sure we're on top of everything - getting in and out of practices and going to classes.

What are you looking forward to the most during your senior year?
McDonald: Traveling with everyone. It's really fun going on some of the bus trips. We have some pretty funny guys on the team. I love the bus rides and spending quality time with the team.

Josh McDonald

What has been your biggest accomplishment or favorite moment?
McDonald: I would definitely have to say this past indoor track season. Our relay placed at ACCs and being on that relay team was a fun and eye-opening experience.

What is your favorite part about being a Pitt student-athlete?
McDonald: My favorite part is how student-athletes are part of their own group within the university. Everybody knows of each other or is friends with one another. It creates a nice little community with people who can relate with what you go through on a daily basis - practices, lifting, games, races.

 

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