Panthers Conclude Outdoor Opener at USF

Panthers Conclude Outdoor Opener at USF

TAMPA, Fla. – The Pitt track and field program completed their first outdoor competition of the season, winning two events at the USF Track and Field Stadium during the USF Alumni Invitational meet.


Ilse Steigenga claimed the first win of the outdoor season for the Panthers, placing first in the women’s long jump with a mark of 6.25m. Steigenga leaped 6.14m on her first event of the afternoon, which would’ve secured first, but jumped 6.25m on her final attempt to create distance between first and second place.  

Foluke Olujide-Ajibade, Niya Crawford, and Lanie Bainter represented the throws group well in the women’s hammer throw. Olujide-Ajibade finished in third place with a throw of 58.55m, Crawford placed ninth throwing for 50.14m, and Bainter took 11th, recording a PR of 49.92m. With that mark, the senior moves into 10th all time in program history, behind Olujide-Ajibade in second and Crawford in ninth.

Five female Panthers excelled in the women’s 400m hurdles. Logan Neely (1:00.20) took fourth, Jazmyn Potts (1:02.84) followed in 12th, Mackenzie Sullivan (1:03.46), Aubrey Leneweaver (1:03.52) and Jana Bruses (1:04.60) trailed consecutively in 14th, 15th and 16th. Bruses was the only Panther to post a new PR.

Devin Nugent seized the second Panther victory of the day, winning the men’s 400m hurdles in 51.09. Nugent was just shy of his 51.07 second personal record which he ran last season. The sophomore currently holds the fourth best time in program history.

Graduate student Clement Campbell fell short of first in the men’s long jump, placing second with a mark of 7.49m. Campbell was the top collegiate in the meet, as first place finisher Christian Davis (7.61m) competed unattached.

Freshman Somiyah Braggs starred in her outdoor debut, finishing in tenth place in the 200m, crossing the line in 23.98. Caleia Johnson finished in 21st place, with a pace of 24.40. Success Duruzor ran a new best of 24.65 for a 31st finish. Alma Evuna Eki also ran a new personal best, 25.12.

On the men’s side of the 200m dash, Nigel Hussey notched eighth place with a speed of 21.09. The junior from Georgia looks to improve upon his top time from last year of 20.85, which is good for fourth in program history. Malik Ricketts added…

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