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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State track & field program finished out the weekend strong as they competed at the Husky Classic (Seattle, Wash.), the SPIRE Invitational (Geneva, Ohio) and the Tyson Invite (Fayetteville, Ark.). The men's 3,000-meter run school record fell and numerous personal-bests were set.
HUSKY CLASSIC RECAP
Robby Creese (Mount Airy, Md.) continued his stellar senior year Saturday as he took down the school record in the men's 3,000-meter run. Creese finished fifth in the 3,000-meter run with his time of 7:50.36. His time today broke Sam Masters' time of 7:54.52 (2013). Individually, Creese holds the mile and 3,000-meter run school records.
The men's one run mile featured six sub-4 minute miles, including Brannon Kidder (Lancaster, Ohio). Kidder, a junior, finished second in the race with his personal-best time of 3:57.13, which moves him into second all-time at Penn State. Kidder was two-hundredths of a second from tying the school record (3:57.11) set by Robby Creese (2013). Last year at the Husky Classic, Kidder finished second in the one mile run with his then-personal-best time of 3:58.49. Also in the men's one mile run, Wade Endress (Altoona, Pa.) turned in a time of 4:03.49 to finish 21st.
On the women's side, freshman Greta Lindsley (Lancaster, Pa.) finished 47th with her personal-best time of 4:53.32.
Freshmen Jordan Makins (Perth, Aus.) and Joey Logue (Blooming Glen, Pa.) finished 22nd and 25th, respectively in the men's 800-meter run. Makins clocked in at 1:50.31 and Logue posted a time of 1:52.25.
Ean DiSilvio (Pittsburgh, Pa.) posted a personal-best time of 8:17.02 to finish 17th in the unseeded section of the men's 3,000-meter run.
TYSON INVITE RECAP
Nittany Lions set numerous personal- and season-best marks on the final day of the Tyson Invite. The Tyson Invite featured 16 of the top-25 men's teams and 14 of the top-25 women's teams.
For the second time this indoor season, junior Ahmenah Richardson (Philadelphia, Pa.) was jumping for the school record in the women's high jump. Richardson missed on her three attempts at 5-11.50, but came away with a personal-best height and moved up the Penn State record books Saturday. She went onto finish fourth in the non-invite section of the women's high jump with her personal-best height of 5-9.75. With her height today, Richardson moves into a tie for fourth all-time at Penn State (Aylward, 2001).
Megan Osborne (Chillicothe, Ohio) recorded an indoor personal-best time of 24.30 in the women's 200-meter dash. Overall, Osborne finished 26th in the unseeded section of the women's 200-meter dash.
In the non-invite section of the women's shot put, Rachel Fatherly (Williamsport, Pa.) finished first with her indoor season personal-best distance of 52-2.75. Her mark today, moved her just outside the top-25 nationally. Fatherly still holds the No. 4 all-time mark in school history.
A pair of Nittany Lion women's triple jumpers set indoor personal-best marks Saturday. Sophomore Dannielle Gibson (Nassau, Bahamas) recorded a distance of 41-1.50 for 12th-place, while Kaitlyn Lopez (Buffalo, N.Y.) finished 23rd with her mark of 39-3.75.
On the track, freshman Xavier Smith (Douglasville, Pa.) posted an indoor season-best time of 21.54 to finish 19th overall in the unseeded section of the men's 200-meter dash. Smith's time today is .04 seconds off his personal-best of 21.50.
The quartet of Osborne, Dynasty McGee (Flint, Mich.), Tichina Rhodes (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Kiah Seymour ran to a sixth-place finish in the women's 4x400-meter relay with their season-best time of 3:34.90. On the leadoff leg, Osborne was in third with about 100 meters to go and made her move past Nebraska's Keri Heck. With Penn State running in second, McGee made a move on South Carolina's Aalayah Faulcon with 200 meters left on her leg. From there, Rhodes and Seymour took over and cruised to the finish. Their time today ranks eighth in nation.
The Nittany Lions were represented in the invite sections of men's shot put and the men's triple jump. The invite section of the men's shot put featured the six top throwers in the nation. Heading into his final throw, senior Darrell Hill (Philadelphia, Pa.) found himself in third-place. On his final attempt, Hill recorded a mark of 67-2.75 to secure his second-place finish.
The men's 4x400-meter relay team of Smith, Riley Gaibler (Lansdale, Pa.), Robert Rhodes (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Alex Shisler (State College, Pa.) combined for a season-best time of 3:12.61 to finish 15th.
The field of the invite section of the men's triple jump featured nine of the top-25 jumpers in the nation. Seniors Brian Leap (Bellwood, Pa.) and Steve Waithe (Parkville, Md.) finished sixth and seventh, respectively. Leap posted a distance of 51-9.25, while Waithe recorded a mark of 51-7.25.
SPIRE INVITE RECAP
Za'Von Watkins (Liverpool, N.Y.) posted a time of 1:50.68 to finish seventh in the men's 800-meter run.
Luke Pease (Haddonfield, N.J.) ended the heptathlon competition Saturday with a fourth-place finish (4,364 points). In the first event of the day, the 60-meter hurdles, Pease posted a time of 8.95 (757 points). Then in the pole vault, he cleared a height of 13-1.5 to score 617 points and in the final event of the competition, the 1,000-meter run, Pease ran a time of 2:50.81 (757 points).
Lexi Masterson (Jeannette, Pa.) finished ninth in the women's pole vault with her height of 12-5.50.
The Nittany Lions return home for their final home meet of the indoor season next weekend. Penn State will host the Penn State Tune-Up Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Ashenfelter III Indoor Track.
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