Feb. 28, 2014
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CLEMSON, S.C. – The University of Pittsburgh men’s and women’s track and field team competed in day one of their first ACC Championships. The Panthers competed in four events: the men’s and women’s distance medley relay, the women’s pentathlon and men’s heptathlon on Thursday night of the Indoor Track and Field ACC Championships in Clemson.
“It was not the start we wanted in the ACCs, and we are hoping for much better performances tomorrow,” Head Coach Alonzo Webb expressed. “It’s one of the top conferences out there, which means the expectations are greater. Today was an eye opener for our athletes, and they now see that the teams here came to compete hard.
“Both DMR’s did not score. Also, Ashley Corum did not have the start we wanted from her in the women’s pentathlon, but she did record a personal record in the 800M run. On the men’s side, Bradley Rocco had a good day and set some personal best of his own. Rocco will finish the remainder of the events in the pentathlon tomorrow. Again, it’s a new conference and we knew this would be tough, in fact we expected it. We still have a majority of our events tomorrow, and we expect to have several athletes advance to Saturday finals.”
In the 800M run, Corum set a new personal best time of 2:30.54, breaking her previous 2013 Golden Flash Gala record of 2:38.92. Rocco set his own PRs in the 60M (7.40), long jump (6.21 meters) and high jump (1.81). Overall, Rocco set three out four lifetime bests in the events he competed in on Thursday afternoon. On Friday at 11 a.m., Rocco will participate in the men’s 60M hurdles, pole vault and 1,000m run.
Pitt track and field will continue action on Friday in the both field and running events. Panther fans can stream the action live starting at 4 p.m. on ESPN3, or for the latest updates on the earlier events follow @PittTFandXC on Twitter.