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Panthers Prepare for Penn Relays and Ashland University Alumni Open

Freshman Taylor Ellis-Watson returns to her hometown of Philadelphia for the Penn Relays.

Freshman Taylor Ellis-Watson returns to her hometown of Philadelphia for the Penn Relays.

April 25, 2012

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PITTSBURGH-In its last weekend of the season before the Big East Championships, the University of Pittsburgh women's track and field team will send student-athletes to both Philadelphia, Pa., for the renowned Penn Relays, and Ashland, Ohio, for the Ashland University Alumni Open.

Held annually since 1895, the Penn Relays is the longest uninterrupted college track meet in the nation. It recently has been not only the highest attended track meet in the nation, but also one of the best in the world.

The event held at Franklin Field will run from Thursday, April 26-Saturday, April 28 where the Panthers will be competing against some of the top collegiate athletes in the country.

“I hope to see some good performances from our relay teams as the relays are the marquee events at this meet,” Pitt head coach Alonzo Webb said. “This is the top relay meet of the year and it has a lot of history behind it. A lot of great athletes have competed in this meet.”

The Panthers had a strong showing at last year's Penn Relays in the ECAC 400-meter relay as junior Ashley Woodford, senior Cambrya Jones and Da'Lynn Mills and Lanesha Pugh won the event with a time of 45.24.



That same group also finished fifth in the Championship of America 800-meter relay, crossing the finish line in 1:35.42 while sophomore Ashley Corum finished seventh in the triple jump with a leap of 12.13 meters.

Meanwhile, the Panthers will also send a group of throwers to the Ashland University Alumni Open in Ashland, Ohio, to compete on Saturday.

The Panthers are coming off a successful weekend where they competed at the Morgan State Legacy Meet in Baltimore, Md.

Jones set a wind-aided school record in the 100-meter dash at the meet with a time of 11.49 while also running as part of the 400-meter relay team along with Woodford, freshman Taylor Ellis-Watson and junior Jonnique Lawrence that finished second (45.65).

Sophomore Jordan Hoyt also turned in a personal-best time in the 200-meter dash with a mark of 24.09.

In the field events, freshman Brittany Lightfoot won the discus with a personal best throw of 45.10 meters while also finishing fifth in the shot put (13.42 meters).


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