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By Bernard Bennett-Green, Student-Athlete Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - This weekend, we had the opportunity to travel to the west coast and run at Arizona State. We drove to Pittsburgh International Airport Thursday night after every one finished class and practice. We slept at the hotel connected to the airport and flew out to Phoenix, Ariz., at 6 a.m. on Friday. I'm usually good at being a morning person but 6 a.m. was rough.

We successfully made it to Arizona 4 hours and 15 minutes later. When we arrived we had to turn our clocks back three hours because of the time difference. My body didn't react too well to the time difference the next morning when I woke up at 5 a.m. because my 8 o'clock east coast body wanted to get up. Nonetheless the weather was perfect out in Arizona. It was 80 degrees with clear skies and a nice gentle breeze both days we were there.

Race day was Saturday, and I got the opportunity to run the 400 against indoor national champion Deon Leondore of Texas A&M. My race didn't go as planned, but luckily I have a few more meets to make some adjustments. My teammates did a tremendous job of showing up and competing. My teammate Alex Shisler ran well in his first meet back after an injury that cost him his entire indoor season. He ran a personal best of 47.25 in the 400-meter dash. Byron Robinson also had a great day in running a new personal best of 46.12 in the 400-meter dash. He was pretty upset afterwards that he didn't run 45 seconds, but he'll learn that this sport is all about timing and patience.

I'm glad that our coaching staff decided to put this meet on our schedule because it has helped us realize what we need to improve on as a team in the upcoming weeks and it is always nice to go and run in nice warm weather. 

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