Jan. 25, 2014
Blacksburg, Va. – The University of Pittsburgh men’s and women’s track and field teams concluded action on Saturday, January 25th at the Hokie Invitational. The 16 student-athletes who represented the Panthers turned in strong performances on day two of competition at Virginia Tech’s Rector Field House.
“Day one of the meet was not exactly what we were looking for and the performances were a bit raw,” head coach Alonzo Webb said. “The performances weren’t bad, but as coaches we have the highest expectations. We need to focus on getting faster times and on recording better jumps for next weekend.”
Evann Thompson highlighted the day for the women winning the 800M run in 2:12.91, a new personal record and season best for Pitt. Thompson’s previous career best of 2:16.58 was set at the 2013 Golden Flash Gala. Zoey Whittington also recorded a season best for the Panthers in the 400M dash with a time of 55.37. Jordan Lee crossed the finish line in 57.61 in the same event, finishing tenth overall.
“I was impressed with Evann’s performance in the 800M run and Zoey had a good opener in the 400M dash,” Webb said. “On the men’s side, Desmond Palmer and Micah Murray stood out the most to me. Palmer is only a freshman and he keeps making his way to the finals, which is very impressive to see. Murray led off the 4x4 relay team really well and that was also exciting to watch.”
For the men, Brycen Spratling stole the show in the 400M dash with a first place finish and the meet’s top time of 47.40. Freshman Brylan Slay also competed in the event, finishing eighth overall in 50.34.
The women’s 4x400M relay team finished the race in second with the third best time of the season, 3:45.96. The men’s 4x4 team won the relay, and also earned the third best time of the season (3:10.21).
In women’s long jump, Ashley Corum placed tenth with a distance of 4.95 meters, while Paige Lumley recorded a jump of 4.24 meters in the same event. On the men’s side, Reggie Steele recorded a season best distance of 6.79 meters, finishing sixth overall.
Palmer turned in a solid performance for the second day in a row, placing eighth in the men’s 200M dash in 22.27.
“Although, we didn’t accomplish what we came down here for it was still a good experience for our athletes,” Webb said. “Next weekend is the PSU Nationals and that is a huge meet for us. We consider that competition to be the start of our championship season. I’m anxious to see how practices goes this week. I expect some better times and great performances at Penn State.”
The Panthers return to University Park for a third time this season on January 31st for a two-day competition. For the latest information on the Panthers follow @PittTFandXC on Twitter or “like us” on Facebook under Pitt Track and Field.