CLEMSON, S.C. – The Penn State track & field team had an outstanding weekend of competition at the Tiger Paw Invite. Cheickna Traore’s school record in the 60-meter dash highlighted multiple top-five program marks and personal-best outings for the Nittany Lions in South Carolina.
Collin Burkhart impressed in the men’s weight throw, as his 21.15-meter mark goes down as the fifth-best throw in school history. He became the fifth member of the 21-meter club at Penn State with his best throw on Friday. Tesia Thomas’ excellent performance in the horizontal jumps and an indoor-best clearance in the pole vault from Jonathan Petersen capped off an outstanding competition for the Nittany Lion field athletes.
FRIDAY TRACK EVENT SUMMARY
Penn State’s multi-event athletes got things started in Clemson in the 60-meter hurdles. Maddie Pitts set a PR in the event, running an 8.81 PR.
In the short sprints, Traore and Pat Abel took to the track in the 60-meters. Abel finished just outside of a trip to the semis, clocking a 6.79. Traore moved all the way to the finals, finishing fourth overall, tying his own school record with a 6.63 mark in the finals. In the women’s 60-meter dash, Jermecia Brown went 7.55 while Lauren Princz posted a 7.86.
FRIDAY FIELD EVENT SUMMARY
Collin Burkhart became the fifth member of the 21-meter club in Penn State history with his 69-4.75 (21.15m) personal-best mark in the weight throw. His PR improved his own fifth-best mark in school history. Alex Pancoast finished 19th in the women’s weight throw, recording a best throw of 54-11.25 (16.74m).
In the women’s long jump, Tesia Thomas placed 12th out of 50 with a 19-8 (5.99m) leap. Pitts participated in her second event of the day and recorded an 18-3.25 (5.57m) best jump.
SATURDAY TRACK EVENT SUMMARY