Panthers Conclude Regular Season at Clemson Tiger Paw Invite

Panthers Conclude Regular Season at Clemson Tiger Paw Invite

CLEMSON, S.C. – The University of Pittsburgh track and field team wrapped up their final regular season meet of the indoor schedule this weekend at the Clemson Tiger Paw Invite, recording 15 new personal records at the meet.

In the women’s 60m preliminary round, freshman Somiyah Braggs tied her personal best of 7.40 to become the only Panther to move on to the semifinal round. Alma Evuna Eki recorded a new personal best of 7.68. Braggs ran a 7.42 in the semis, but it was not enough to advance to the finals. The multi-faceted Miami native later went on to record a new personal best in the 200m, crossing the line in 23.94 seconds. Folake Olujide-Ajibade joined in on the personal best action with a time of 24.99 in the 200m.

Logan Neely was the top finisher for the Panthers in the women’s 400m race, placing 38th with a new best of 54.92. Mackenzie Sullivan and Shynae Deas excelled in the women’s 800m, as Sullivan produced a season best 2:12.02 and Deas followed close behind with a personal best of 2:13.61.

A couple of podium finishes came by way of field events. In the women’s high jump, sophomore Eva Baldursdottir leaped 1.70m for third place overall in the event. Senior Foluke Olujide-Ajibade also received third place, with a 21.30m mark in the women’s weight throw invitational.

There were also personal records to be had in the field events. Freshman Taylor Forbes set a personal best in the long jump, jumping 5.50m. Teammate Ilse Steigenga hopped a season best 6.29m in the same event, good for sixth place. Sophomore Niya Crawford threw a personal best 14.05m in the shot put, which is tied for ninth in all-time Pitt indoor history. Freshman Norrah Lemongo, who has already previously threw for 15.07m and the fourth best mark in school history, took seventh this meet with a 14.84m toss.

On the men’s side, Darren McQueen Jr. came just shy of advancing out of the men’s 60m preliminary round, clocking in at 6.79 seconds. Stephon Brown ran at a clip of 6.82 seconds and graduate student Clement Campbell recorded a personal best pace of 6.89 seconds in just his second meet of the season after being sidelined from competition with an injury.

A plethora of Pitt personal records came from in the men’s 400m, with Malik Ricketts, Devin Nugent, and…

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