May 10, 2012
PITTSBURGH-- Following impressive performances at the Big East Outdoor Championships, the University of Pittsburgh women's track and field team travels to Princeton, N.J., this weekend for the ECAC Championships May 11-13.
Senior Cambrya Jones heads into the ECAC Championships as the defending champion in the 200-meter dash. Jones is coming off a record-breaking weekend at the Big East Championships and was named the meet's Most Outstanding Women's Track Performer. She claimed the gold medal in the 100-meter dash with a school record time of 11.28. She also bested her previous record in the 200-meter dash, capturing first at 22.91. Her time in the 200-meters currently ranks No. 4 in the nation, while her 100-meter dash finish is tied for ninth overall.
"I'm trying to get mentally prepared for NCAA Regionals later this month," Jones said. "This meet will allow me to race against a competitive field of athletes. I just have to follow my training."
The Pittsburgh, Pa., native and Woodland Hills High School product was also a member of the fifth-place 1,600-meter relay team at the Big East Championships. The squad of freshman Xauddina Whittington, juniors Arielle Fonrose and Jonnique Lawrence and Jones combined for a time of 3:39.33.
Lawrence claimed two individual third-place finishes in the 200-meter dash (23.74) and the 400-meter dash (53.79), while sophomore Jordan Hoyt placed fourth in the 200-meter dash (23.97).
Additionally, sophomore Ashley Corum claimed sixth in the triple jump with a leap of 12.52 meters.
The Panthers finished ninth at the ECAC Championships last season. Jones won the 200-meter dash title and junior Ashley Woodford finished second in the 100-meter dash (11.86).
Junior Elizabeth Kline finished sixth in the heptathlon last year and is looking to build off her fourth-place performance at the Big East Championship. She set personal bests in six of the seven events.
In total, 12 Panthers will compete at ECACs this weekend.