RALEIGH, N.C. – The University of Pittsburgh men’s and women’s track and field team sped their way into the record books at the Raleigh Relays, UNF Spring Break Invitational and CMU 5-Team Invite this past weekend.
After a winning performance last weekend in the women’s triple jump at the UNC Relays, sophomore Paige Lumley highlighted once again for the jumpers at the Raleigh Relays on Friday. Lumley earned herself second in her section and sixth-place overall in the women’s long jump event with a recorded distance of 5.54 meters. Lumley’s leap marks a new lifetime best and surpasses her previous best jump by 18-tenths of a meter, which was set at the Charlotte 49er Meet in 2013.
The Pitt women’s success continued through Saturday in the 4x100 meter relay event. The team of Zoey Whittington, Taranisha Taylor, Jordan Hoyt and Jessica Tongue won the 4x1 relay with a time of 45.77.
In the sprinting events, senior Carvin Nkanata shined once again with a second place finish in the men’s 100-meter dash, setting a new personal record of 10.48 in the preliminary race on Friday night. Nkanata’s previous career best time of 10.64 was recorded at the Morgan State Legacy in the 2013 outdoor season.
Nkanata won the 100-meter dash finals and reset his personal record once again with a time of 10.41 on Saturday afternoon. The senior sprinter surpassed his preliminary time by 7-tenths of a second in the finals.
Junior Dustin Fuller opened his outdoor campaign in the men’s 400-meter hurdles with a personal record of 53.44 during Saturday’s competition, finishing 16th overall.
In the women’s 5,000-meter run, junior Morgan Perry crossed the finish line with a lifetime personal record of 17:27.17 for fourth in her heat at the Relays. The Pitt women then went on to set five more PR’s in the 1,500-meter run, including Cayla Del Piano (4:38.11), Joslin Sellers (4:42.30), Deanna Felicissimo (4:43.69), Krystyna Finikiotis (4:46.03), and Karli Buescher (5:01.93).
At the UNF Invite, the throwers continued the trend by setting multiple records of their own. Sophomore Andrew Wells reset his own school record in the men’s hammer throw event with a distance of 58.40 meters (191.60 feet) on Friday night. Wells previous career best throw of 56.32 meters was recorded at last year’s Big East Championship.
Wells success carried into Saturday’s winning performance in the men’s discus event. The sophomore standout threw a recorded distance of 53.95 meters (177 feet).
Freshman Ethan Shallaway had a PR of his own in the men’s javelin throw with a recorded distance of 63.47 meters (208 feet). Shallaway’s performance in the javelin qualifies the freshman for the USA Juniors meet in Eugene, Ore. this upcoming June.
On the women’s side, junior Taylor Slaney battles it out in the rain for the javelin throw champion title at the UNF Invite. Slaney’s recorded throw of 45.40 meters (148 feet) claimed her as the rightful winner in the javelin competition.
In the final meet of the weekend at CMU, the remainder of the student-athletes participating went along with the theme of the weekend and set additional personal records. The Pitt men claimed a 1-2-3 finish in the 5,000-meter run led by Michael Runco (15:17.29), followed by Wesley Roberts (15:20.65) and Ben Kisley (15:23.38), respectively. Meanwhile, the women went second, fourth and fifth in the 5k, which was led off by Paige Anderson crossing the finish line first for the Panthers then followed by Stephanie Powers and Kelsey Coates.
In the men’s 5K, Chris Montgomery’s 15:28.76 was a new lifetime best by almost 20 seconds over his previous personal record. Teammate Nicole Leskowicz then went on to set the final personal record of this weekend in the women’s 1,500-meter run (5:03.02).
Pitt track and field will have a short week coming up as they plan to compete again on Thursday, April 3rd through Saturday, April 5th in Gainesville for the Florida Relays, while the rest of the team will compete at the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va. Panther fans can find the latest updates on the upcoming competition by following @PittTFandXC on Twitter or ‘like us’ on Facebook under Pitt Track and Field.
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