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Olujide-Ajibade Sets School Record, Panthers Win Four Events at PSU National Open

Olujide-Ajibade Sets School Record, Panthers Win Four Events at PSU National Open


UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – The University of Pittsburgh track and field team had a successful outing at the Penn State National Open, highlighted by four event victories and a new program record in the weight throw.

Foluke Olujide-Ajibade surpassed the previous school record of 21.12m in the women’s weight throw with her mark of 21.35m. The historic throw came on her final attempt of the evening. The previous record was held by Amanda Walker and had stood since 2005.

In the first multi-event of the season, Lydia Bottelier captured the pentathlon crown with a personal best of 4150 points. Bottelier won the high jump, leaping 1.77m and the long jump with a mark of 5.84m. The Erwinna, Pa. native came in second in the 800m with a time of 2:17.46 and third in the 60m hurdles, crossing the line in 8.84 seconds. She capped off competition by taking fifth place in the shot put with an 11.17m mark. Bottelier is currently tied for second in the NCAA in the pentathlon.

In his season debut, graduate student Clement Campbell took third place in the long jump, recording a 7.30m mark.

With a time of 4:03.60 in the mile, Finn Walsh rocketed into third in program history in the event. Walsh stands behind Sam Bair’s 4:00.14 time set in 2006 and Evan Addison’s 4:03.46 pace set more recently, in 2021.

Hurdlers Folake Olujide-Ajibade and Jazmyn Potts advanced out of the first and semi-final rounds to find themselves in the 60m hurdles final. In the final, they finished in fifth and sixth, with times of 8.57 and 8.78, respectively.

Two men’s hurdlers, Ardonntrell Williams and Raymond Oriakhi, also advanced to the 60m hurdles final. Williams notched the fifth best time in Pitt history, running a 7.82 speed, for second place at the meet. Oriakhi finished in seventh place with a new personal best of 8.13.

Pitt earned the second victory of the day in the men’s 60m dash as Stephon Brown sped through the line in 6.67 seconds. The third event victory came by way of Peyton Geehrer in the men’s 5000m. Geehrer recorded a time of 14:36.13 to bring day one of the meet to a close.

Sophomore Devin Nugent opened up the second day of action with a third-place finish and 48.21 time in the men’s 400m. Senior Sam Otis kept the podium finishes going with another third-place…

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