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Panthers Prepare for Competition at Florida Relays and Colonial Relays

Ashley Woodford

Ashley Woodford

April 5, 2012

PITTSBURGH- The University of Pittsburgh women’s track and field team will send student-athletes to a pair of meets this weekend. The Panthers will compete at the Pepsi Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla., and at the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va.

The Panthers are fresh off a record-breaking weekend at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, and the Fred Hardy Invitational in Richmond, Va.

The 800-meter relay team of freshman Xauddina Whittington, sophomore Jordan Hoyt, junior Jonnique Lawrence and senior Cambrya Jones set a school record with their sixth place finish of 1:34.21 at the Texas Relays. The previous record of 1:34.27 had stood since 2005.

Jones also finished 11th in the 100-meter dash with a Big East qualifying mark of 11.57, falling just .03 seconds away from tying the school record held by Shantea Calhoun.

Sophomore Jordan Lee crossed the finish line third in the 400-meter dash with a Big East qualifying time of 56.43 at the Fred Hardy Invitational. Senior Miya Johnson (2:16.49) and freshman Taylor Ellis-Watson (2:16.71) finished fifth and sixth, respectively in the 800-meter run.



In the field events, freshman Brittany Lightfoot turned in a fifth place performance with a throw of 13.29 meters in the shot put. Freshman Haley Springman (41.65 meters) and senior Robin Gilmore (39.87 meters) each finished in the top-seven in the discus.

Last year at the Colonial Relays, sophomores Lee and Ashley Corum were part of the 400-meter relay team that crossed the finish line in third place with a mark of 48.15.

Junior Elizabeth Kline finished third in the 400-meter hurdles and sixth in the 100-meter hurdles at the same event, while Arielle Fonrose finished seventh in the 400-meter dash (57.62).


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