April 28, 2012
PITTSBURGH-In the final day of competition at the historic Penn Relays, the University of Pittsburgh men’s and women’s track and field teams turned in several impressive performances at Franklin Field.
In the final event of the meet, the men’s 1,600-meter relay team of sophomore Micah Murray and seniors Dontave Cowsette, Jerome Lowery and Jermaine Lowery finished fifth (3:08.85) in the Championship of America event.
“I was impressed with our performance today,” Pitt head coach Alonzo Webb said. “Jerome Lowery had a huge performance in the 1,600-meter relay for us in the last Penn Relays of his career.”
In the triple jump Eastern schools section, senior Folarin Ijelu turned in a third place finish with a leap of 14.65 meters.
On the women’s side, the 800-meter relay team of freshman Xauddina Whittington, sophomore Jordan Hoyt, junior Jonnique Lawrence and senior Cambrya Jones finished fifth in the Championship of America Final and won the ECAC section with a time of 1:34.60.
The Penn Relays has been held annually since 1895 and has been the most-attended track meet in the nation in recent history. It is also one of the best attended in the world.
The historic meet is the longest uninterrupted track meet in the country and had over 22,000 entries in this year’s meet that played host to high school, collegiate and professional events.
The Panthers will return to action next weekend at the Big East Championships in Tampa, Fla.