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Feb. 7, 2015
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Penn State track & field program won 10 events Saturday to secure both men’s and women’s team titles at the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup at the Ashenfelter III Indoor Track. Penn State finished first on both sides over second-place Cornell by scores of 170.20-79.50 (women) and 144.75-115 (men).
The day started out on a high note for the Nittany Lions as they won both one mile run events. Robby Creese (Mount Airy, Md.) began the day strong for Penn State as he clocked in for a sub-4 minute mile time of 3:57.86. Heading into this weekend, Creese’s time ranks fourth in the nation. His time though, is the top non-converted time in the nation.
With Creese's time today, three of the top six men's miles in the nation have been run at Penn State. For his performance in the mile, Creese was named the men’s athlete of the meet.
Following Creese’s outstanding performance in the men’s one mile run, freshman Elizabeth Chikotas (Hellertown, Pa.) followed suit in the women’s one mile run.
From the gun, Chikotas was in the race the whole time as she moved into the lead pack early and she held her own throughout the race. With two laps to go, Chikotas made a strong charge to take the lead. Despite a late surge from Princeton’s Kaitlin Hanss, Chikotas held strong to cross the finish line first with her time of 4:46.80.
A day after winning the women’s weight throw, Rachel Fatherly (Williamsport, Pa.) won her second shot put title of the 2015 indoor season. Fatherly won the shot put competition with her toss of 50-2.75 and Alyssa Robinson (Saint Clairsville, Ohio) finished second (48-3.25), along with Obeng Marfo placing fifth (46-4.25).
For her performance this weekend, Fatherly was named the women’s athlete of the meet.
Darrell Hill (Philadelphia, Pa.) won the men's shot put with his mark of 66-10.50, which was his fourth victory in the shot put this year.
In the men’s 400-meter dash, Alex Shisler (State College, Pa.) claimed first with his time of 48.18.
Robert Rhodes (Brooklyn, N.Y.) clocked in at 1:18.96 to finish first in the men’s 600-meter run. Also, in the men’s 600-meter run, Ryan Brennan (Chester, N.Y.) finished fourth (1:20.61) to score five points for the Nittany Lions.
In the men’s 800-meter run, Za'Von Watkins (Liverpool, N.Y.), Jordan Makins (Perth, Australia) and Joey Logue (Blooming Glen, Pa.) finished 2-3-4; Watkins clocked in at 1:49.68, Makins recorded a time of 1:50.03 and Logue ran 1:50.71.
On the track for the Penn State women, Greta Lindsley (Lancaster, Pa.) finished seventh in the 800-meter run with her personal-best time of 2:13.74 and in the 400-meter dash, Tichina Rhodes (Philadelphia, Pa.) placed third with her season-best time of 55.57. Also, Lauren Mills (West Chester, Pa.) finished fifth in 3,000-meter run with her time of 9:53.33.
Patrick Anderson (Kane, Pa.) represented the Nittany Lions in the men’s pole vault competition and he cleared a height of 15-5.50 to finish 14th.
The Nittany Lions tallied three top-four finishes in the women’s 200-meter dash. Junior Kiah Seymour (Washington, D.C.) led the charge with her second-place finish (24.33) followed by Dynasty McGee (Flint, Mich.) and Megan Osborne (Chillicothe, Ohio). McGee clocked in for time of 24.35 and Osborne ran a season-best time of 24.42.
Steve Waithe (Parkville, Md.) and Brian Leap (Bellwood, Pa.) finished second and third, respectively, in the men's triple jump. Waithe posted a distance of 51-8.25 and Leap cleared a mark of 49-10.50.
The Nittany Lions also swept the 4x400-meter relays to end the day.
The quartet of Smith, Riley Gaibler (Lansdale, Pa.), R. Rhodes and Shisler won the men’s 4x400-meter relay with their time of 3:13.61, while the team of Osborne, McGee, T. Rhodes and Seymour won Penn State’s 10th event on the day, the women’s 4x400-meter relay (3:37.37).
Female Team Scores
Place School Points
1 Penn State 170.2
2 Cornell 79.5
3 Princeton 72
4 Liberty 59
5 Buffalo 48
6 Penn 46
7 Umbc 43.2
8 James Madison 36
9 Appalachian State 29.5
10 South Florida 27.7
11 Binghamton 25.9
12 William and Mary 25
Male Team Scores
Place School Points
1 Penn State 144.7
2 Cornell 115
3 Connecticut 93.7
4 Princeton 62.5
5 Buffalo 60
6 Penn 42
7 South Florida 32.7
8 Binghamton 23
9 Appalachian State 22.5
10 Liberty 20.7
11 William and Mary 20
11 Umbc 20
The Nittany Lions hit the road next weekend as they travel to three meets across the nation. Penn State will be competing in the Husky Classic (Seattle, Wash.), SPIRE Invitational (Geneva, Ohio) and the Tyson Invitational (Fayetteville, Ark.).
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