April 25, 2012
PITTSBURGH-In its last weekend of the season before the Big East Championships, the University of Pittsburgh men's track and field team will send student-athletes to both Philadelphia, Pa., for the renowned Penn Relays, and Ashland, Ohio, for the Ashland University Alumni Open.
Held annually since 1895, the Penn Relays is the longest uninterrupted college track meet in the nation. It recently has been not only the highest attended track meet in the nation, but also one of the best in the world.
The event held at Franklin Field will run from Thursday, April 26-Saturday, April 28 where the Panthers will be competing against some of the top collegiate athletes in the country.
"I hope to see some good performances from our relay teams as the relays are the marquee events at this meet," Pitt head coach Alonzo Webb said. "This is the top relay meet of the year and it has a lot of history behind it. A lot of great athletes have competed in this meet."
Senior Jermaine Lowery will compete in the 400-meter hurdles, an event where he finished in seventh place in the championship division (51.66) at the Penn Relays last year.
Lowery, a Philadelphia, Pa., native and product of Father Judge High School, will also join his teammates to run in the 800-meter and 1,600-meter relays.
Meanwhile, the Panthers will also send a group of throwers to the Ashland University Alumni Open in Ashland, Ohio, to compete on Saturday.
Pitt is coming off a successful weekend where the team competed at the Morgan State Legacy Meet in Baltimore, Md.
Last weekend, junior Dan Kwiatkowski and sophomore Brad Rocco turned in first-place performances. Kwiatkowski claimed the shot put title with a throw of 16 meters while Rocco won the pole vault with a mark of 4.03 meters.
Sophomore Reginald Steele IV finished third in the long jump with a leap of 7.04 meters while senior Antony Hobwana (10.75) and sophomore Aaron Turner (10.76) finished fifth and sixth, respectively in the 100-meter dash.
Additionally, junior Tashaun Hill finished fourth in the 110-meter hurdles finals with a time of 14.34.