April 15, 2017Three Panthers Win Events at Louisville Invitational
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Senior Desmond Palmer, junior Quadaisha Newkirk and freshman Drew Glick posted wins for the Pitt track and field teams at the Louisville Invitational Saturday at Cardinal Park.
Palmer had a sub-13.80 mark in the men’s 110m hurdles for the second time this season, winning the event at 13.79 seconds. Palmer’s top performance of 13.75 at the Pepsi Florida Relays (April 1) is tied for 12th in the nation and is second in the ACC.
Newkirk claimed the women’s 400m hurdles, earning a personal record time of 59.48. Her mark placed her among the top seven times in ACC competition.
Glick recorded the first win of his young career in the men’s 800m with an outdoor personal best time of 1:53.35. A fraction of a second behind his teammate was Nate Sloan, coming in second in a tough tactical race at 1:53.47.
On the women’s side, other highlights included junior Andin Fosam’s runner-up performance in the hammer throw with a toss of 61.31, less than half a meter away from her own school record. Three Panthers posted top-10 finishes and personal records in the 200m dash, led by freshman Danielle Leaks in sixth at 23.82. Whitney Martin finished eighth at 24.24, and Lysaih Rice took ninth at 24.26. Junior Laila Ismail had a personal record time of 54.89 in the 400m run and placed fifth. Miranda Salvo led the way for Pitt in the 1500m with a personal record time of 4:27.67, placing sixth. Behind her were Gillian Schriever in eighth (4:28.41) and Joslin Sellers in 10th (4:29.25, PR). Junior Kelly Hayes returned to the 3000m steeplechase and put up a season best time of 10:58.98, placing third. Senior Ariel Pastore-Sebring was runner-up in the 5000m race at 17:37.37.
Five other top finishers for Pitt posted season-best marks in addition to top-10 finishes: Alyssa Wise in the 100m dash (11.88, sixth), Beth Shenck in the 800m (2:11.77, seventh), Madeline Reiche in high jump (1.59m, seventh), Paige Lumley in triple jump (11.91, third) and Kailyn Clancy in shot put (13.69m, ninth). Also, freshman Taylor Middleton hit her personal record in the long jump at 5.83m, coming in 12th.
For the men, sprinters Jamaree Murray and Jabari Michael-Khensu found success in multiple events, each earning personal records in both the 100m and 200m. Michael-Khensu placed fourth in the 100m dash at 10.59, and Murray followed in seventh at 10.75. In the 200m, Murray led the way with a runner-up finish at 21.21, with Michael-Kensu just behind in third at 21.26. Palmer also picked up a personal record in the 200m at 21.57, placing seventh.
In men’s distance action, sophomore Matt McGoey put up a personal best time of 3:47.99 in the 1500m and placed fifth. Senior Chris Pastore had a personal record time in the 3000m steeplechase with a fifth-place finish at 9:39.92.
Another highlight for the men was a season-best showing in the 4x400m relay at 3:09.39, posted by Brylan Slay, Murray, Joshua McDonald and Palmer. Palmer split 44.9 seconds on the anchor leg of the race.
The Panthers will see more ACC action when they travel to Charlottesville, Va., for the Virginia Challenge April 21-22.
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