Feb. 7, 2014
Blacksburg, Va. - The University of Pittsburgh men's and women's track and field team turned in solid performances at all three meets on day one of competition, while breaking a school record and several PRs at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet on Friday.
Andrew Wells set a new school record and career best in the men's weight throw with a recorded distance of 19.49 meters (63' 11.5") at the VTech Elite Meet. Wells broke his previous record and personal best of 19.20 meters set in 2013.
Ashley Corum also set a new personal record in the 60M hurdles with a time of 9.15. Corum surpassed her previous career best by 0.16 seconds at the same meet.
The Panthers then went on to set more PRs at the Doc Hale VT Elite. For the women, Jessica Tongue (7.73) and Jordyn Smith (7.91) set new career bests in the 60M dash. Morgan Perry (5:03.01), Audrey Burger (5:11.37) and Kristyna Finikiotis (5:12.74) continued the trend by setting personal best times in the 1 Mile run.
In the 800M run, Cayla Del Piano and Deanna Felicissimo set two more PRs. On the men's side of the 800M, Tyler Castelli and Josh Trzeciak recorded personal best times of their own at the same meet.
The Panthers continued setting individual records on day one of competition, but instead at the Youngstown State National. In the distance events, Stephanie Powers, Sam Owens, Kelsey Coates, Rich Addison, Ben Kisley and Wes Roberts set career best times in the 5K. In the long jump, Chris Spadaro set an ACC qualifying distance of 6.79 meters.
While at the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York, N.Y., Brycen Spratling impressed with a winning performance in the men's 500M competition with a blazing time of 1:00.85. Spratling now owns the No. 1 and 4 times in collegiate history.
Micah Murray will advance to the finals on Saturday at the Armory Invite after recording a top time in the men's 400M dash.
The Panthers will conclude the Virginia Tech Elite Meet, YSU National and Armory Invite on Saturday. For any updates on the competitions, fans can follow @PittTFandXC or `like us' on Facebook under Pitt Track and Field.