Jan. 28, 2012
STATE COLLEGE, Pa.--The University of Pittsburgh women's track and field team turned in strong performances at the Penn State National Open. The two-day event hosted over 30 teams and 1,000 student-athletes and was held at Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track Facility.
The 4x400M relay team of Xauddina Whittington, Taylor Ellis-Watson, Arielle Fonrose and Jonnique Lawrence recorded the 12th-fastest time in the country with a third-place performance of 3:38.32.
"We responded well in a lot of areas," Pitt head coach Alonzo Webb said. "We viewed this meet as a benchmark for us and we performed well. We're moving in the right direction. Our team motto this year has been to get better every day and we're doing that."
Individually, Ellis-Watson posted a personal record and finished third in the 400M dash (53.87). She holds the eighth-best time in the nation.
Posting another top-three finish, Lawrence crossed the finish line with a personal best of 24 seconds flat. She also tied for fourth in the 400M dash (55.66) with another individual record.
Both senior Amanda Kuhl and junior Korinne Piper turned in career-lows with top-10 finishes. Kuhl claimed fourth in the 500M dash (1:16.13) and Piper was seventh in the 800M run (2:15.06).
Similarly, freshman Morgan Perry set a career best in the 3,000M run after crossing the finish line at 10:16.27.
Junior Elizabeth Kline finished fourth overall in the pentathlon after she tallied a personal best of 3,540 points. Kline placed second in the shot put (11.29M) and third in the 800M run (2:21.73).
In the triple jump, sophomore Ashley Corum finished in fifth with a leap of 12.09M.
The Panthers return to action on Friday, Feb. 3 in the New Balance Collegiate Invitational, held in New York, N.Y.