Dec. 7, 2011
PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh track and field team started its season with strong performances this past weekend at the annual Blue-Gold meet.
The Blue team won the event 122-100.
Meanwhile, 183 canned goods were collected over the weekend to be donated to the CHS Oakland Food Pantry.
The meet started Friday at the Cost Center with action in the sprints, jumps, hurdles and throws.
Junior Dan Kwiatkowski set a personal best in the weight throw and won with a toss of 16.65 meters. Seniors Robin Gilmore and Jessica Catalano also threw personal bests in the weight throw recording tosses of 15.30 meters and 13.16 meters, respectively.
The Panthers also looked impressive in the triple jump with 2011 Big East indoor champion Ashley Corum returning as a sophomore with a distance of 12.27 meters. Senior Folarin Ijelu led the men with a jump of 14.71 meters.
One of the most impressive races of the day was the men's 60-meter-dash with sophomore Aaron Turner sprinting past his teammates and coming out with a finish of 6.96 seconds. The women's race also saw close competition with senior Cambrya Jones coming out on top with a time of 7.55 seconds.
There was a tie for first place in the men's 60 meter hurdles between Josh Thompson and Tashaun Hill, both finishing with a time of 7.99 seconds.
The meet resumed on Saturday in the Fitzgerald Field House with the distance and relay events.
Freshman Taylor Ellis-Watson outran the upperclassmen in the 500 meter race and finished first with a time of 1:16.08. She also did well on Friday in her first ever 60-meter-dash competition, finishing with a time of 7.9 seconds.
Senior Miya Johnson led the women in the 600 meter race with a time of 1:37.44, while the men saw a very close 600 meter race between senior Jermaine Lowery, sophomore Sam Negley and sophomore Brycen Spratling. Spratling finished first with a time of 1:21.43.
The final event of the weekend featured the highly competitive 4x400 meter relay. The women's team comprised of Cambrya Jones, Ellis-Watson, Miya Johnson and Jordan Lee won with a time of 3:54.82.
The men's 4x400 meter race had an even closer finish between the first-place team comprised of Antony Hobwana, Spratling, Thompson and Dontave Cowsette, who finished with a time of 3:22.33 and the second place team comprised of Reginald Steele, Jermaine Lowery, Daniel O'Toole and Negley, who finished with a time of 3:22.44.