March 30, 2013
RALEIGH - Brett Millar won the javelin event for the second-consecutive meet at the Raleigh Relays, while the men's relay teams had some great performances at the Texas Relays this weekend for the University of Pittsburgh men's and women's track and field teams.
Millar beat out 49 other competitors with a throw of 68.21m (223-07 feet). He also won the event two weeks ago at the Charlotte 49er. Teammate Josiah Rupert finished inside the top-10 with a throw of 57.66m (189-02 feet), good for seventh place.
For the women, Taranisha Taylor had a standout meet as she made the finals of the 100 meter dash and the 100 meter hurdles. In the 100 meter dash, the freshman placed fifth out of 117 athletes with a time of 11.98. She set a career-best of 11.83 in the prelims of the event. In the 100 meter hurdles, Taylor was 8th overall out of 92 athletes with a time of 14.23.
Other top-5 finishes at the Raleigh Relays included Jordan Hoyt in the 200 meter dash as she finished second overall in a career-best time of 23.93, and Andrew Wells who finished fourth in the discus with a distance of 52.17m (171-02).
In one of the most grueling events in track and field, Evann Thompson set a new career-best in the 400 meter hurdles as she finished eighth of 67 with a time of 1:00.81.
Matt Dallago placed first in his heat of the 1,500 meter run with a time of 3:53.95, while Richard Addison was 10th overall in the 5,000 meter run in 15:07.87. For the women in that event, Hillary Boxheimer was third with a time of 18:17.46, while Alexander Cady was sixth in 18:19.13.
In relay events in Raleigh, the women's 4x100 meter team of Ashley Woodford, Jordan Hoyt, Taranisha Taylor and Arielle Fonrose finished fifth with a time of 46.08. In the 4x200, Woodford, Hoyt and Fonrose were joined by Jordan Lee and they placed fifth with a time of 1:37.73. The men's 4x1,500 meter team of Dallago, Andrew Cerrito, Wesley Washington and Daniel Lipus placed fourth with a collective time of 15:58.31.
Down in Texas, the men's 4x200 meter relay team of Brycen Spratling, Carvin Nkanata, Micah Murray and Josh Mindlin were just off the school record with a third place finish in 1:23.95.
Murray, Nkanata and Spratlin, along with Charles Ross registered another top-5 finish as they posted a time of 3:23.07 in the spring medley relay and placed fourth of 16 teams.
The Panthers are back in action next weekend as they compete in their third outdoor meet of the season. The site of next weekend's meet is still to be determined.