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Track & Field Wins Ten Events at Nittany Lion Challenge

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Jan. 17, 2015

The Penn State track & field team captured 10 titles Saturday afternoon at the Nittany Lion Challenge inside the Ashenfelter III Indoor Track. Several Nittany Lions used the Nittany Lion Challenge to open up their 2015 indoor season.

The day started out with the men's one mile run. Matt Fischer (Kennett Square, Pa.) made his season debut for Penn State with a fifth-place finish in the men's one mile run (4:11.71). Also in the men's one mile, Bobby Hill (Wellsboro, Pa.) and Ean DiSilvio (Altoona, Pa.) finished eighth (4:16.81) and ninth (4:17.65), respectively.

Elizabeth Chikotas (Hellertown, Pa.) opened up her season last week running on the women's distance medley relay, but today she ran in the women's one mile run. Around 600 meters into the race, Chikotas made a strong charge to move into the lead pack. She continued to run with Georgetown's Haley Pierce and Becca Deloache.

With one lap to go, Chikotas found herself in second place and down the homestretch she finished strong to pass Pierce to capture the race with her time of 4:46.54. Pierce clocked in at 4:46.79 for second place. Also in the women's one mile run, Stephanie Aldrich (West Chester, Pa.) finished 10th with her season-best time of 5:02.87.

The Nittany Lions tallied three top-eight finishes in the men's 800-meter run with Brannon Kidder (Lancaster, Ohio) leading the charge; Kidder clocked in at 1:48.54 to finish second. Also in the men's 800-meter run, Za'Von Watkins (Liverpool, N.Y.) placed fifth with his time 1:50.80 and Ryan Brennan (Chester, N.Y.) took eighth with his time of 1:53.68.

Cara Ulizio (Redondo Beach, Calif.) placed seventh in the women's 800-meter run with her time of 2:15.83.

The Nittany Lions posted top results in both 60-meter hurdle events. In the men's 60-meter hurdles, Sancho Barrett (Amityville, N.Y.) advanced to the finals of the 60-meter hurdles with his leading time of 8.09 and in the finals he finished first with his season-best time of 8.04. In the women's 60-meter hurdles, Shelley Black (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) and Quenee Dale (Ypsilanti, Mich.) both advanced to the finals of the 60-meter hurdles as they both ran 8.64. In the finals, the freshman, Dale, finished second with her time of 8.46 and Black finished fourth with a time of 8.62.

Robert Rhodes (Brooklyn, N.Y.), a University of Connecticut transfer, won his first race as a Nittany Lion Saturday. He clocked in at 1:19.69 to win the 600-meter run.

Freshmen Rachael DeCecco (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) and Victoria Crawford (State College, Pa.) finished sixth (1:37.51) and eighth (1:38.33), respectively, in the women's 600-meter run.

Xavier Smith (Douglasville, Pa.) advanced to the finals of the 60-meter dash with his time of 6.96 in the prelims. Smith went onto place fourth (6.892) in a highly contested race. The top four finishes were within one second of each other. Jaalen Jones won the race with his time of 6.882. Smith also competed in the 200-meter dash.

Smith ran a season-best time of 21.65 to finish second in the men's 200-meter dash and Barrett finished seventh with his personal-best time of 22.26.

Dynasty McGee (Flint, Mich.) led the Penn State women in the 200-meter dash with her fourth-place finish (24.59). Also in the women's 200-meter dash, Tichina Rhodes (Philadelphia, Pa.) (25.34) and Deja Davis (Shelby Charter Township, Mich.) (25.42) finished 10th and 11th, respectively.

In the women's 400-meter dash, Megan Osborne (Chillicothe, Ohio) ran a personal-best time of 55.22, but Albany's Grace Claxton edged Osborne at the finish line to take the victory (55.07).

Penn State captured four of the top-five spots in men's 1,000-meter run behind a first-place finish by Robby Creese (Mount Airy, Md.).

Also in the race with Creese was Wade Endress (Altoona, Pa.), Kidder, Joey Logue (Blooming Glen, Pa.) and Jordan Makins (Perth, Australia). Kidder set the tone early in the race with Creese close behind. Kidder held the lead after 400 meters, but Creese made his move and he would not look back. Creese split 1:52 at the 800-meter mark and picked up the pace for the final portion of the race. Creese crossed the finish line with a time of 2:20.24, while Endress (2:22.57), Makins (2:22.69) and Logue (2:22.77) finished third through fifth.

Julie Kocjancic (Pittsburgh, Pa.) led the Penn State women in the 1,000-meter run with her third-place finish (2:55.22).

Darrell Hill (Philadelphia, Pa.) followed up his first-place finish last week in the men's shot put with another first-place finish today. Hill captured the shot put title with his toss of 64-5.25.

Freshmen Jon Yohman (New Wilmington, Pa.) and Will Pope (South Salem, N.Y.) finished fourth and seventh, respectively, in the men's shot put. Yohman tallied a mark of 53-9.25 and Pope recorded a distance of 46-7.50.

Hill also finished third in the men's weight throw with his mark of 61-8.25. Also in the men's weight throw, Justin Berg (Phoenixville, Pa.) took fifth with his distance of 57-11 and Kory Decesaris (Danielsville, Pa.) placed seventh with a toss of 56-5.25.

Rachel Fatherly (Williamsport, Pa.) won the women's shot put with her meet record distance of 51-7. Also finishing in the top-five of the women's shot put for Penn State was Obeng Marfo (Ontario, Canada) and Alyssa Robinson (Saint Clairsville, Ohio). Marfo placed third (46-7.25) and Robinson finished fifth with a toss of 43-7.25.

Fatherly also posted a mark of 62-6 to place fourth in the women's weight throw. Annjulie Vester (Homburg, Germany) made her Penn State debut with a fifth-place finish in the women's weight throw with her mark of 57-00.75. Also finishing in the top-10 of the women's weight throw was Robinson. Robinson finished eighth with her distance of 56-6.

In the horizontal jumps, Steve Waithe (Parkville, Md.) won the men's triple jump with his mark of 52-1, Brian Leap (Bellwood, Pa.) finished second in the men's triple jump with a personal-best jump of 51-9.75 and Kaitlyn Lopez (Buffalo, N.Y.) took second in the women's triple jump with her leap of 38-11.

Freshman Bryce Williams (State College, Pa.) posted a pair of top-five finishes on the afternoon. Williams finished fourth in the long jump (21-8.75) and fifth in the triple jump (46-8.25).

In the high jump events, Michael McClelland (Washington, Pa.) won the men's high jump with his height of 6-9 and the Penn State women claimed spots two, three and four in the high jump event. Ahmenah Richardson (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Sarah Palmer (Gansevoort, N.Y.) both cleared a height of 5-7 to finish second and third, respectively. India McCoy (Ambridge, Pa.) took fourth in the women's high jump with her mark of 5-5.

Lexi Masterson (Jeannette, Pa.) won the women's pole vault with her height of 12-8.25, while Patrick Anderson (Kane, Pa.) finished third in the men's pole vault with his personal-best height of 15-7.

The quartet of B. Hill, Brad Rivera (Bensalem, Pa.), Cody Amengual (West Babylon, N.Y.) and DiSilvio represented Penn State in the distance medley relay. The foursome went onto finish first with their time of 10:11.95.

The Penn State men ended their day with a fifth-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay. Brennan, Rhodes, Logue and Watkins combined for a time of 3:18.49.

The Penn State `A' women's 4x400-meter relay team of Osborne, Kiah Seymour (Washington, D.C.), Tichina Rhodes (Philadelphia, Pa.) and McGee ran a time of 3:40.70 to finish second.

Penn State does not compete next week, but returns to the Ashenfelter III Indoor Track on Jan. 30-31 for the Penn State National. The Penn State National will be streamed live on

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