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Panthers Finish 10th, Break Three School Records at New Balance Collegiate Invitational

Taylor Ellis-Watson

Taylor Ellis-Watson

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NEW YORK--Several records fell, as the University of Pittsburgh women's track and field team finished 10th overall in the New Balance Collegiate Invitational on Saturday evening.

Held at The Armory, the two-day event hosted 130 collegiate teams, including several top squads in the country.

Setting a program record, the 4x200M relay team of junior Jonnique Lawrence, senior Cambrya Jones, freshman Xauddina Whittington and junior Arielle Fonrose finished second at 1:36.74. That time eclipsed the previous school record of 1:37.80 set in 2008.

In another record-breaking performance, the 4x400M relay team comprised of Whittington, freshman Taylor Ellis-Watson, Fonrose and Lawrence placed fourth in the event with a time of  3:36.43. That mark shattered the 2001 standard of 3:36.57.

"Our relay teams were impressive, which was evidenced by the school records that fell," Pitt head coach Alonzo Webb said. "We knew they were capable of performing such a feat. Their accomplishments are special because they shined on a big stage."

Individually, Ellis-Watson finished third in the 400M dash (52.75), breaking a 21-year program record of 53.75 that was previously held by Keisha Demas (1991). Ellis-Watson's time is currently the third-fastest in the nation.



Claiming a pair of 10th-place finishes, Jones crossed the 200M dash finish line at 24.10, while Lawrence ran a personal best of 54.96 in the 400M dash.

Pitt's 4x800M relay team finished 12th with a time of 9:28.20 and freshman Morgan Perry placed 22nd in the mile run (5:09.35).

The Panthers travel to Geneva, Ohio for the Spire Collegiate Invitational next weekend.


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