Jan. 25, 2014
Blacksburgh, Va. - The University of Pittsburgh men's and women's track and field teams split their talents by traveling to two different competitions on Friday, January 24th, one being held at Virginia Tech's Rector Field House and the second at Youngstown State's Watson and Tresses Training Site.
For the Hokie Invite, eight male student-athletes represented the Panthers, highlighted by Carvin Nkanata, Brycen Spratling and Micah Murray who finished with the top three collegiate spots in the 300-meter dash. Nkanata claimed first with a time of 33.04 followed by Spratling in third (33.42) and Murray closely behind in fourth place (33.49). Unattached sprinter, Calesio Newman, took the second place spot with a time of 33.27.
Nkanata tied his own top time of the season in the 300M, which he first recorded at the 2013 Indoor Golden Flash Gala. Freshman Desmond Palmer kept up with his ACC competition by finishing fourth overall in the men’s 60M hurdles with a time of 8.22. Palmer’s time was three-tenths of a second faster than his preliminary time of 8.25.
On the women’s side, Ashley Corum placed fourth overall against 20 other athletes in the triple jump. Corum recorded a distance of 11.97 meters, which is good enough for a spot on the list of the top five distances this season.
Khadeja Kearney rounded out the women’s highlights on day one of the Hokie Invitational with a personal record set in the 60M dash with a time of 7.82 set in prelims.
The Panthers also traveled 34 female student-athletes and 16 male competitors for the Youngstown State Invitational on Friday. Brittany Lightfoot set the momentum early for the Panthers with a new career best in the women’s shot put with a distance of 14.05 meters (46’ 01.25”) and fifth place finish overall.
Lightfoot earned another top-ten finish in the weight throw event with a recorded distance of 16.67 meters (54’ 8.25”).
In the distance events, Paige Anderson crossed the finish line in seventh place out of a total of 40 runners with a time of 18:54.40 in the women’s 5,000M run. In the women’s 3,000M run, freshman Dee Dee Adams placed second with a time of 10:19.51, a new personal record. Adams previous record of 10:33.64 was set at the 2014 PSU Relays.
In the 60M hurdles, both the men and women earned top-ten spots in the finals. For the women, Chelsea Scott set a new personal best with a time of 9.16, which was good enough for a second place finish. Scott broke her previous school record set in 2013 at the Golden Flash Gala by 0.28 seconds. Dustin Fuller represented the Panthers on the men’s side in the same event by taking home eighth with a time of 8.49. Fuller’s preliminary time of 8.38 is a new career best, his previous time of 8.48 was also set in 2013 at the Golden Flash Gala.
Jessica Tongue competed in the women’s 60M dash where she placed second with a career best time of 7.74, improving on her preliminary time by seven-tenths of a second. Jordan Hoyt also took home a second place finish, but instead in the women’s 200M dash with a personal best time of 24.97, her previous career best of 25.17 was recorded at this year’s PSU Relays.
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