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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State track & field program competed in three meets across the nation during the day Friday. The Nittany Lions were at the Husky Classic (Seattle, Wash.), the SPIRE Invitational (Geneva, Ohio) and the Tyson Invite (Fayetteville, Ark.). SPIRE RECAP
Sophomore Natalie Shiffler (Irwin, Pa.) finished fifth in the indoor pentathlon with her score of 3,118. In the opening event, the 60-meter dash, Shiffler scored 756 points with her time of 9.77. Then in the high jump, Shiffler posted a height of 5-4.50 for 783 points. Shiffler scored 495 points in the shot put (31-1) and in the long jump (15-7.5). In the final event, the 800-meter run, Shiffler clocked in at 2:38.60 to score 589 points.
In the women's 600-meter run, Victoria Crawford (State College, Pa.) and Rachael DeCecco (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) finished 19th and 22nd, respectively. Both Crawford (1:37.03) and DeCecco (1:38.26) ran season-best times in the 600. On the men's side, Brad Rivera (Bensalem, Pa.) finished eighth with his time of 1:23.42.
Kasey Kemp (Irwin, Pa.) tied for eighth in the non-elite section of the women's pole vault with her height of 11-6.50. Patrick Anderson (Kane, Pa.) placed 10th in the non-elite section of the men's pole vault with his height of 15-0.25.
Kory Decesaris (Danielsville, Pa.) finished 14th in the men's weight throw with his distance of 57-6.25.
Freshman Luke Pease (Haddonfield, N.J.) represented the Nittany Lions in the heptathlon competition. After day one, Pease is in sixth-place with his score of 2,233 points. Pease began the day with a time of 7.46 (726 points) in the 60-meter dash; he then posted a distance of 18-2.50 (492 points) in the long jump. In the final two events of the day, the shot put and high jump, he recorded marks of 32-10.50 (487 points) and 5-6 (528 points), respectively.
In the women's 5,000-meter run, Lauren Mills (West Chester, Pa.) set an indoor personal-best time of 17:23.07 en route to a 17th-place finish.
Just a pair of Nittany Lion distance runners competed Friday. Katie Rodden (Ardmore, Pa.) finished 77th in women's 5,000-meter run (17:47.91) while Matt Fischer (Kennett Square, Pa.) placed .... in the men's 5,000-meter run with his time of ...
The Tyson Invite featured some of the best competitors in the nation as 16 of the top-25 men's teams and 14 of the top-25 women's teams were in attendance.
Kiah Seymour (Washington, D.C.) finished ninth in the seeded section of the women's 400-meter dash with her season-best time of 53.10.
Quenee Dale (Ypsilanti, Mich.) advanced to the semifinals of the women's 60-meter hurdles with her time of 8.51 and in the semifinals, Dale finished sixth in her heat with a time of 8.60. Overall, Dale placed 21st. She was one of five freshmen to advance to the semifinals.
In the unseeded women's 400-meter dash, Dynasty McGee (Flint, Mich.) finished 11th with her time of 54.28 and in the unseeded men's 400-meter dash, Alex Shisler (State College, Pa.) clocked in for an indoor personal-best time of 47.60 to finish 11th.
Also on the track, Robert Rhodes (Brooklyn, N.Y.) ran a season-best time of 1:50.93 to finish third in the unseeded section of the men's 800-meter run.
In the field for the Nittany Lion women, Obeng Marfo (Ontario, Canada) and Alyssa Robinson (Saint Clairsville, Ohio) finished 21st and 22nd, respectively, in the women's weight throw. Marfo recorded a personal-best mark of 58-3.25, while Robinson tallied a distance of 58-3. Dannielle Gibson (Nassau, Bahamas) finished 29th in the women's long jump with her distance of 18-8.
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