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Jan. 10, 2008

PITTSBURGH - The Pitt men's and women's track teams will travel to compete in two season-opening meets this weekend at the Akron Quad and Kentucky Invitational.

NCAA All-Americans Mike Wray (Philadelphia, Pa./Central High School) and Sam Bair (Pittsburgh, Pa./Kent State) are the key returnees for the men's team. Wray hopes to continue his success in the hurdle events this year after claiming seventh place at last year's NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Bair will lead the middle distance runners after breaking school records in the distance medley relay last season.

Standout sprinters, Shanea and Shantea Calhoun (New Haven, Conn./Wilbur Cross) will return to lead the women's squad this season after receiving Big East All-Conference honors in last year's indoor and outdoor seasons.

Several athletes made their names known by exhibiting solid performances in the annual Blue/Gold Intrasquad meet. Among them was junior Ron Walter (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin), who cleared a height of 15' 6" to take first in the men's pole vault. His counterpart on the women's side, freshman Tory Toso (Reading, Pa./West Lawn) bested the competition with a height of 11' and earned an event title.

Kim Rorabaugh (Clymer, Pa./Purchase Line) had quite a showing in her final Blue/Gold meet. The fifth-year senior posted impressive distances of 17.02 and 12.43 meters in the women's weight throw and shot put to capture two first place honors. Seniors Eric Fleming (West Chester, Pa./Bishop Shanahan) and Eric Burnett (Pittbsurgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) led the Gold team's 3,200-meter relay to a victory at the annual intrasquad meet. Fleming anchored the squad that finished in 8:11.47. He also took first in the men's 1,200 meters with a time of 3:10.40.

Other notables consist of Kaetlyn Brown (Pittsburgh, Pa./Schenley) in the women's 300 meters, Mycaiah Clemons (New Kensington, Pa./Virginia Tech) in the women's hurdles and sophomore Brandon Turner (North Wales,Pa./North Penn) in the men's high jump.

Pitt Track and Field Launches Season this Weekend

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