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PITT TRACK AND FIELD PREPARES FOR 2006-07 SEASON WITH BLUE AND GOLD MEET

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Dec. 5, 2006

PITTSBURGH - The Pitt track and field team held its annual Blue and Gold Meet over the weekend to prepare for the upcoming indoor season. Pitt competed on Friday evening in the Charles L. Cost Center and on Saturday morning in the Fitzgerald Field House. The gold team won the competition, outscoring the blue team 124-87.

In the high jump, sophomore Kristin Johnson (Somerset, Pa./Somerset) led the women with a height of 1.65 meters. Freshman Brandon Turner (North Wales, Pa./North Penn) led the men at 1.90 meters. Senior Kim Rorabaugh (Clymer, Pa./Purchase Line) won the women's weight throw with a distance of 15.76 meters.

Next up was the long jump and shot put. Sophomore Janessa Murphy (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) won the long jump for the women with a distance of 5.66 meters, and sophomore Eric Jones (Pittsburgh, Pa./Gateway) won it for the men with a distance of 6.65 meters. Rorabaugh had her second win of the day in the shot put with a throw of 13.17 meters, and freshman Josh Zueger (Uniontown, Pa./Laurel Highlands) won it for the men at 9.02 meters.

The Calhoun twins dominated the 60 meters with Shantea Calhoun winning with a time of 7.51. Sophomore Sam Perkins (Kent, Ohio/Kent Roosevelt) won the men's competition with a time of 6.74. In the 60-meter hurdles, freshman Akiesha Gilcrist (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) led the women with a time of 9.75. Senior Jeff Kiss (Windber, Pa./Windber) won on the men's side at 8.39.

Friday's competition concluded with the triple jump where Johnson picked up her second win of the day with a mark of 10.76 meters. Jones also picked up another win for the men, hitting a jump of 14.29 meters.

On Saturday, the competition started with the 300 meters. Shantea Calhoun won her second event with a time of 40.19. Senior Kareem Cousar (Pittsburgh, Pa./Pittsburgh Central Catholic) led the men at 35.19.

In the 600 meters, the women's team was led by senior Krystal Epps (Butler, Pa./Butler) at 1:36.04 while the men were led by senior Brian Woods (Loudonville, N.Y./Shaker).

Leading the women in the 150 meter was freshman Katrina Long (Los Angeles, Calif./Crossroads) with a time of 20.40. Jones led the men's team at 17.23. The men's team also ran an exhibition race in the mile. Freshman Mike Meade (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) won the race with a time of 4:36.51.

The final races were the 1,600-meter relays. Winning for the women was the gold team at 4:03.96. The runners included Epps, Shantea Calhoun, Patricia Anyanwu (Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) and Raquel Bender (Penn Hills, Pa./Penn Hills). The men's gold relay won as well, finishing with a time of 3:29.84. The runners included Cousar, Will Grinstead (Hornell, N.Y./Hornell), Sidi Gueye (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) and Barrett Warden (Teaneck, N.J./Teaneck).

The team opens its season the weekend of January 12 at the Skip Summerville Invitational in Akron, Ohio.