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March 16, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Penn State track & field team finished the 2014 Indoor Championships strong on Saturday and when the dust settled, the squads came away with 10 All-America honors for the weekend. The Penn State women were the highest finishing Big Ten team, and placed 14th with 15 points.
"What a great day for Penn State. All of our athletes that competed today came home with All-America status. Ten total honors for the weekend," said Head Coach and Director of Track & Field Beth Alford-Sullivan. "I am very pleased with our top 15 team finish for the women. This meet was world class and we held our own all weekend. The 4x400 set a new school record... with an amazing anchor leg from Kiah Seymour. We will carry all this success into outdoor season."
Individually, Seymour was also sixth in the 400-meter dash final with a time of 52.85, earning first team All-America honors as an individual as well as for the relay.
Senior Brittney Howell (Wyncote, Pa.) finished seventh in the pentathlon while earning her first career All-America status. Howell put on an impressive performance by setting a personal record in overall points with a score of 4202.
Howell started off the day with a personal record in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.31. Later in the day, she leaped to a huge personal best in long jump with a mark of 20-04.5 (6.21m).
On the men's side, Junior Steve Waithe (Parkville, Md.) was able to capture his first All-American status with a sixth place finish in triple jump with a mark of 51-10.5 (15.81m). Sophomore Za'Von Watkins (Liverpool, N.Y.) was able to earn his All-American status with a seventh place finish in a time of 1:50.25. The men's team finished 32nd with six points.
The Nittany Lions will return to action for the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas on March 26-27.