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Panthers Finish Third at Big East Outdoor Championships

Jermaine Lowery stands with his gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles.

Jermaine Lowery stands with his gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles.

May 6, 2012

Sunday's Complete Results

TAMPA, Fla.—Senior Antony Hobwana captured his second Big East Championship Outdoor title to lead the University of Pittsburgh men’s track and field team to a third-place finish with 86 points at the conference meet on Sunday.

“Our student-athletes competed at a very high level this weekend,” Pitt head coach Alonzo Webb said. “It was an incredible performance for us. I was really pleased with our effort.”

Hobwana won the gold medal in the 100-meter dash for the second time in his career, crossing the finish line at 10.34 seconds. Hobwana was also named the fastest man in the Big East during the 2008-09 season after claiming first in the 100-meter dash at 10.57.

Hobwana would also assist two relay teams to a first-place finish and All-Big East honors. First, the 1,600-meter relay team of sophomore Micah Murray and seniors Hobwana, Jermaine Lowery and Jerome Lowery combined for a top finish of 3:08.09.

Later, the 400-meter relay team of freshman Joshua Thompson, sophomore Reginald Steele IV, Murray and Hobwana won their event with a time of 40.42.



This is the first time since 1989 and only the second time in program history the Panthers have won both the 1,600 and 400-meter relays at the same outdoor conference championship.

In another first-place performance, Jermaine Lowery earned his first-ever individual Big East title, as he unseated defending champion David Aristil of USF in the 400-meter hurdles finals. Lowery crossed the finish line at 50.25.

Additionally, Murray turned in two top-six finishes, placing fourth in the 400-meter dash (46.75) and sixth in the 200-meter dash (21.68).

Pitt’s 3,200-meter relay team recorded All-Big East honors, as sophomore Sam Negley, juniors Kevin Hull and Benjamin Hatch and senior Dontave Cowsette finished second (7:27.46) overall.

Individually, Negley finished fourth in the 800-meter run (1:51.49).

In another All-Big East effort, junior Tashaun Hill crossed the finish line third in the 100-meter hurdles (14.04).

Rounding out the top-10, senior Folarin Ijelu finished fourth in the triple jump (14.86 meters), while senior Kurt Barnhart finished ninth in the discus with a toss of 48.83 meters.

The Panthers finished 10th at last year’s outdoor championship. Pitt, however, mirrored its third-place team performance from the indoor meet this past February.


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