Feb. 2, 2012
PITTSBURGH- The University of Pittsburgh women’s track and field team will look to build off its strong showing last weekend at the Penn State National Open when it travels to New York, N.Y. for the New Balance Collegiate Invitational on Friday, Feb. 3.
The New Balance Collegiate Invitational has become one of the biggest and best college indoor meets with teams competing from across the nation such as Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor and Florida among others.
In its biggest meet of the season to-date, the women’s team made a record-setting performance in the 4x400M relay at the Penn State National Open.
The 4x400M relay team of Xauddina Whittington, Taylor Ellis-Watson, Arielle Fonrose and Jonnique Lawrence recorded the 12th best time in the country with a third-place performance of 3:38.32.
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.
“Last week’s meet gave us a good tune up for our upcoming meet this weekend,” Pitt head coach Alonzo Webb said. “There’s going to be a lot of nationally ranked teams in the meet and a lot of great individual athletes as well. We’re just going to go up there and compete like we always do. Like we’ve said all year, we’re trying to get better every week.”
Last season, the Panthers notched 10 top-10 finishes at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational.
The 4x800M relay team of Miya Johnson
, Elizabeth Kline
, Korinne Piper
and Susan Martinez
raced to a fifth-place finish.
Individually, Johnson led the Panthers with a third-place finish in the 500M dash, crossing the finish line with a career-best time of 1:15.94.
“We had a great week of practice. Our student-athletes are in good spirits and looking forward to the New Balance Collegiate Invitational,” Webb said. “I’m excited about the level of competition and am looking forward to going up there and getting to compete on a national level.”