Nittany Lion Track and Field Weekly Rankings: Week 7

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By Kyle Lucas, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State women's track and field team wrapped up the outdoor regular season last weekend capturing its fourth Big Ten title and vaulting several athletes into this week's national rankings.

The women's team captured the title with 133 points, 13 points ahead of second place finisher Illinois.

Redshirt junior Mahagony Jones played a huge role in helping the women capture the Big Ten crown, bringing in 18 points. Jones sprinted to an event victory in the 100 meters in a personal best of 11.32. Her win secured 10 team points. She then followed it up with a second place finish in the 200 meters, clocking in at 23.37, good for another eight points.

Jones is back in the national rankings for the first time since week three when she came in at No. 22 in the 200. This week she is ranked No. 14 nationally in the 100 meters and No. 2 in the Big Ten. In the 200 meters she comes in at No. 17 and No. 2.

Hurdler Evonne Britton had an outstanding performance, claiming her first Big Ten victory in the 100-meter hurdles. The redshirt juniors' time of 13.13 was a new season best. Britton ranks No. 1 in the Big Ten and No. 16 nationally.

Senior Natalie Bower continued her strong season in the steeplechase bringing in six points in her third place finish. Bower ran the race in 10:12.42, a season-best time. Bower is now the third ranked steeplechaser in the Big Ten and No. 19 in the nation.

Junior Laura Loht improved her rank at the Big Ten championships during her second place performance. Loht launched a throw of 168-9, good for No. 13 in the nation and No. 2 in the Big Ten, just behind team mate Lauren Kenney.

On the men's side javelin thrower Michael Shuey improved his rank nationally. Shuey's toss of 227-11 landed him in third place at the Big Ten championships and now has him at No. 24 in the nation.

In the team standings the men's team slipped two spots from last week and are now ranked No. 13. Despite the strong showing, the women's team has yet to crack the top 25, sitting just outside at No. 27. 

Men's Rankings

Athlete

Event

Performance

NCAA Rank

Big Ten Rank

Michael Shuey

Javelin

227-11

24

3

Jon Hendershot

High Jump

7-3.25

10

3

Darrell Hill

Shot Put

62-9.25

8

3

Casimir Loxsom

800 meters

1:46.77

2

1

Brannon Kidder

800 meters

1:47.23

4

2

Ricky West

800 meters

1:48.49

21

5

Robby Creese

1,500 meters

3:41.32

13

3

Brannon Kidder

1,500 meters

3:42.07

22

5

Matt Gilmore, Alex Shizler, Bernard Bennett-Green, Brandon Bennett-Green

4x400 meter relay

3:06.21

16

3

Sean Reilly

High Jump

7-2.25

17

4

Will Barr

Hammer

207-10

25

5



Women's Rankings

Athlete

Event

Performance

NCAA Rank

Big Ten Rank

Mahagony Jones

100 meters

11.32

14

2

Mahagony Jones

200 meters

23.15

17

2

Evonne Britton

100-meter Hurdles

13.13

16

1

Natalie Bower

3,000-meter Steeplechase

10:12.42

19

3

Laura Loht

Javelin

168-9

13

2

Lauren Kenney

Javelin

176-11

3

1

Kiah Seymour, Mahagony Jones, Shelley Black, Dynasty McGee

4x400-meter relay

3:33.47

15

2

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