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Nittany Lions Post Record Book Performances at Jim Thorpe Invite

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May 8, 2015

Final Results

The Penn State track & field team closed out the regular season with personal-best performances across the board at the Jim Thorpe Invite. The meet was capped off with a lifetime-best throw from Darrell Hill (Philadelphia, Pa.) in the men's shot put.

With the meet coming to a close, the Nittany Lions gathered around to cheer on Hill, Jon Yohman (New Wilmington, Pa.) and Will Pope (South Salem, N.Y.) in the men's shot put.

Hill, a senior, captured the men's shot put title with a lifetime-best, and No. 2 mark in school history, 68-5.25. Also in the men's shot put, redshirt freshmen Yohman and Pope finished third (57-1.50) and fourth (54-4.75), respectively with their personal-best throws.

Rachel Fatherly (Williamsport, Pa.) led Penn State in the women's shot put, as she won the event with her personal-best toss of 54-10.25. Her mark ranks third all-time at Penn State.

Freshman Obeng Marfo (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) tallied a pair of second-place finishes with a pair of personal-best throws. In the shot put, she posted a toss of 51-0 and in the discus she tallied a mark of 155-1. Marfo's throw of 51-0 ranks ninth all-time at Penn State.

The Nittany Lions recorded a pair of top-10 school performances in the women's hammer throw. In the event, Fatherly finished second with her throw of 188-0 and Alyssa Robinson (Saint Clairsville, Ohio) finished third with her mark of 180-10. With their performances today, Fatherly ranks fifth all-time at Penn State and Robinson moves into eighth all-time.

On the track for the Penn State men, Alex Shisler (State College, Pa.) and freshman Xavier Smith (Douglassville, Pa.) both won titles Friday.

Shisler finished first in the 400-meter dash with his season-best 47.38, while Smith won the 100-meter dash with his personal-best time of 10.61 and he also finished first in the 200-meter dash with an outdoor personal-best of 21.46.

After posting season-best performances last week at the Maryland Twilight Meet, hurdlers Sancho Barrett (Amityville, N.Y.) and Shelley Black (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) found their stride again today.

After running a season-best 14.11 in the 110-meter hurdles last week, Barrett won the 110-meter hurdles Friday with his personal-best time of 13.80. With his time today, Barrett moves from 10th all-time in the Penn State record books to a tie for third all-time (Timpson -- 1988).

On the women's side, Black tied her personal-best time of 13.80 for the win in the 100-meter hurdles.

Barrett, Smith, Cody Minnig (Levittown, Pa.) and Shisler teamed up for a first-place finish in the 4x100-meter relay with their season-best time of 41.37.

Earlier this season at the LSU Alumni Gold meet, freshman Hannah Mulhern (Altoona, Pa.) moved into third all-time at Penn State with her personal-best height of 12-10 in the women's pole vault. Today, Mulhern won the women's pole vault with a personal-best height of 12-10.25. She remains third all-time at Penn State.

In all, the Nittany Lions captured 13 event titles at the Jim Thorpe Invite.

Next up for Penn State is the 2015 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships hosted by Michigan State. The Nittany Lions will travel to East Lansing, Mich., for the three-day meet (May 15-17).

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