April 22, 2012
PITTSBURGH—Senior Cambrya Jones set a wind-aided school record in the 100-meter dash to lead the University of Pittsburgh women’s track and field team to a fourth-place performance at the Morgan State Legacy Meet in Baltimore, Md., this weekend.
“We took a different approach at the meet this year,” Pitt head coach Alonzo Webb said. “In the past we travelled with a full team. This season, however, we are more cautious about how much our athletes have been running the past few weekends and wanted to give them a break. Every meet from here on out will be important.”
After winning the 100-meter dash prelims, Jones set a wind-aided school record in the finals at 11.49. That time eclipsed Shantea Calhoun’s mark of 11.54 from 2006.
Jones was later a member of the 400-meter relay team that placed second (45.65) at the meet. Jones was joined by freshman Taylor Ellis-Watson and juniors Ashley Woodford and Jonnique Lawrence.
Ellis-Watson and Lawrence were also the first two legs of the second-place 1,600-meter relay team that crossed the finish line at 3:41.70. Freshman Xauddina Whittington and junior Arielle Fonrose rounded out the squad.
In the 200-meter dash, sophomore Jordan Hoyt
placed fourth with a personal best of 24.09.
Junior Elizabeth Kline claimed second in the 400-meter hurdles (1:02.19). She was the first of three Panthers to finish in the event, as sophomore Mariame Conde (1:04.53) and junior Natalie Ryan (1:05.11) turned in eighth and 10th-place efforts. Later, Kline finished ninth in the javelin with a toss of 22.82 meters.
In another second-place performance, freshman Morgan Perry completed the 1,500-meter run in 4:46.87, while senior Rachel Erny was seventh in the 5,000-meter run (18:59.21).
In the field events, freshman Brittany Lightfoot captured first place in the discus with a personal record of 45.10 meters. She was also fifth in the shot put with a throw of 13.42 meters.
In a pair of top-10 performances, sophomores Ashley Corum (5.59 meters) and Julia Koloski (5.46 meters) finished fifth and ninth, respectively, in the long jump. Koloski was later fourth in the triple jump (11.63 meters).
Rounding out the Panthers, senior Robin Gilmore (47.16 meters) and junior Jessica Catalano (45.39 meters) finished third and fourth, respectively, in the hammer throw.
The Panthers return to action next week as they travel to Philadelphia, Pa., for the Penn Relays.