Jan. 11, 2014
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The University of Pittsburgh men's and women's track and field teams were back in action on Saturday afternoon at the Penn State Relays. The men's 4x200M relay team highlighted the competition by setting a new school record of 1:24.91.
Carvin Nkanata, Brycen Spratling, Micah Murray and Josh Mindlin teamed up to break the previous school record of 1:27.00, which has stood since 1995. The men's 4x2 relay team nearly broke the collegiate record of 1:24.70 set by Penn State at last year's PSU Nationals.
The men continued to dominate in the relays as the 4x400M relay team finished second overall. Dustin Fuller, Josh McDonald, Desmond Palmer and Brylan Slay earned the second best time of the season (3:17.66).
Spratling and Mindlin also took second and fifth in the 200M dash, respectively. Desmond Palmer then took third place in the 60M hurdles with a time of 8.17, this was .04 seconds faster than his time set in prelims.
In the throws, Andrew Wells took fifth in the men's shot put (14.26 meters, 46-09.50 feet), breaking his previous career best of 14.25 meters from the last year's Indoor Big East Championships. Wells went on to claim third in the men's weight throw (35lb) with a distance of 17.95 meters (58-10.75 feet).
The women also out ran their competition in the relay events, starting with a first place finish by the 4x800M relay team of Cayla Del Piano, Joslin Sellers, Morgan Perry and Kelsey Metheny (9:26.28). The 4x200M relay team then went on to claim second place with Zoey Whittington, Jordan Hoyt, Khadeja Kearney and Taranish Taylor crossing the finish line at 1:38.29.
Evann Thompson, Jordan Lee, Kearney and Whittington next teamed up in the 4x400M to finish second overall (3:45.92). Thompson also won the 500M dash event with a new personal best time of 1:15.32.
In the jumps, Ashley Corum took third place in both the long jump and triple jump with distances of 5.57 meters (18-03.25) and 12.42 meters (40-09.00), respectively.
The Panthers head back to Penn State next Saturday, January 18th, to partake in the PSU Challenge.
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