Dec. 6, 2013
KENT, Ohio – The University of Pittsburgh men’s and women’s track and field team turned in a strong showing on the first day of competition at the Golden Flash Gala. The majority of the field events and the 5,000-meter run were the main focus of Friday, while Saturday will center on the track events.
Andrew Wells highlighted day one of the meet for the Panthers, breaking the school record in the weight throw. Wells set his third school record of his career with a throw of 19.20-meters, placing fourth overall.
“The women threw well for opening up early but it was great to see Wells crushing the weight throw record,” Assistant Coach-Throws Chip Brundage said. “He has a bright future here at Pitt and I am super proud of him and all his accomplishments. He’s already set school records in the discus, hammer and now the weight throw.”
Representing the women’s side in the field events, Haley Springman set a career best in the weight throw, placing fifth overall. Brittany Lightfoot finished close behind in seventh with a throw of 17.04m, both Springman and Lightfoot posted ACC qualifying marks. In the jumps, Julia Koloski finished first in the long jump (5.73m), nearly topping her career best jump of 5.75m in the 2013 Big East Championships.
“It was exciting to see a school record performance from Wells in the weight throw,” Head Coach Alonzo Webb said. “In the long jump, a first place finish from Koloski and a second place finish from freshman Chris Spadaro gets us off to a great start to the indoor season. This will hopefully lead to more top performances as the rest of the team gets going on Saturday.”
The Golden Flash Gala resumes Saturday morning with the remainder of the track events. The final day of the competition is schedule to start at 10 a.m.