May 12, 2017Four Panthers Reach Final Rounds at ACC Championships
ATLANTA – Pitt senior Desmond Palmer posted the top time of the men’s 400m hurdles preliminary rounds as one of four Panthers to advance to finals of their respective events on the opening day of the Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships at George C. Griffin Track Friday.
The back-to-back defending ACC Champion in the event recorded a season-best time of 49.70, leading the field of 19 competitors. The top two in each heat plus the next two best times qualified for Sunday’s final, set to be run at 7:10 p.m. ET.
Others who advanced to Sunday’s finals included freshman Jabari Michael-Khensu in the men’s 200m with a personal record of 21.33, taking sixth, as well as a pair of Panthers in the men’s 1500m race. Nate Sloan had a PR of 3:45.89, placing fifth overall. Sophomore Matt McGoey took 11th overall and was third in his heat at 3:49.48.
More notable performances included Desiree Garland and Jamaree Murray in the men’s and women’s 200m races, respectively. Both hit PRs, with Garland at 24.14 and Murray at 21.70. Morgan Harvey also set a PR in the women’s 400m hurdles, placing just outside the qualifiers at 59.30. Junior Quadaisha Newkirk followed at 59.37.
On the women’s distance side, Miranda Salvo led a trio of Panthers in the women’s 1500m, coming in 14th at 4:27.90. Makenzie Zeh followed at 4:34.33, and Joslin Sellers rounded out the group at 4:35.77. Senior Ariel Pastore-Sebring represented Pitt in the women’s 10,000m race for the first time in her career and placed 11th among the nation’s top competition at 36:24.31.
In the heptathlon, senior Paige Lumley started the day strong with a PR in the 100m hurdles (14.74) and followed with a 1.56m mark in the high jump. She posted 11.12m in shot put, and finished the day at 26.59 in the 200m. Going into Day 2, she sits in ninth place with 2,914 points and three events to complete.
The Panthers will continue competition Saturday, starting with the heptathlon long jump at noon.
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