May 4, 2013
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Senior Elizabeth Kline proved she is the best all-around athlete in the Big East as she won the women’s heptathlon title on Saturday at the Big East Outdoor Championship Meet hosted by Rutgers University.
Kline was in second place after Friday’s first four events, and on Saturday she won two of the final three events to claim the title. Kline was phenomenal this weekend as she set a personal-record in six of the seven events in the competition.
Kline compiled 5,460 points overall, which was over 300 points clear of Notre Dame’s Carly Loeffel. On Saturday, Kline won the long jump with a distance of 5.79m, and then blew away the field in the 800 meter run with a personal-best time of 2:13.14. She won the 800 meters by nine seconds. For the weekend, Kline won three of the seven events. She was also the pentathlon champion at the Big East Indoor Championship Meet.
Kline was just one of many successful performances for the Panthers, who had 14 track athletes qualify for the finals of their respective events which will be completed tomorrow.
On the women’s side, Ashley Woodford qualified 5th in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.58, and Jonnique Lawrence claimed the eighth and final 200 meter dash spot with a time of 23.93. Lawrence will look to defend her 200 meter dash indoor title. Arielle Fonrose placed 6th in the prelims of the 400 meter dash with a time of 54.30 second and will run in the finals tomorrow. Her time was the fastest 400 meter time of any Pitt athlete this season.
In the hurdles, both Taranisha Taylor and Evann Thompson set personal-records in the 100 meter hurdles with times of 13.82 and 13.84, respectively. They were 5th and 6th overall and will compete in the finals tomorrow. Thompson and Natalie Ryan also reached the finals of the 400 meter hurdles. Thompson qualified first in 1:00.16, while Ryan was 7th at 1:02.07.
For the men, Reginald Steele IV qualified 5th in the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.55. In that same event, Josh Mindlin set a personal-best time of 10.73, but missed the finals by one spot as he was ninth overall.
Carvin Nkanata and Brycen Spratling once again showed they are two of the fastest runners in the country. Nkanata ran the fastest time of any Big East athlete this season in the 200 meter dash and won the prelims with a personal-best time of 20.87, while Spratling was third overall in 21.17. Spratling then ran the fastest 400 meter time the Big East has seen this season as he crossed the line in 46.23, and Nkanata was second in 46.96. Micah Murray was the third Panther to qualify for the 400 finals as he was 6th with a time of 47.38.
Dustin Fuller will compete in the finals of the 400 meter hurdles. Fuller was 7th overall in a career-best time of 54.06. In the javelin, Pitt took second and third as Josiah Rupert threw a 60.51m and Alexander Bleacher tossed a 58.68m.
The Big East Outdoor Championship Meet concludes tomorrow at the Bauer Track and Field Complex.