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Loht Sets Javelin School Record at NCAA Championships

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Robert Cardina will continue to compete Thursday morning

June 12, 2014

EUGENE, Ore. -


Laura Loht (McClure, Pennsylvania) set a new school record in the javelin throw, highlighting outstanding efforts by the Nittany Lions, Wednesday at Historic Hayward Field at the University of Oregon.

Loht concluded her Penn State career tossing 178-6, surpassing Kim Hanslovan’s (2009) 178-4.

Two Nittany Lion runners automatically qualified for finals after a second-place finish in their heat. Mahagony Jones (Cleveland, Ohio) posted a 11.29 finish in the 100-meter while Kiah Seymour (Washington, D.C.) marked a 57.24 finish in the 400-meter hurdles. 

Robert Cardina (Lancaster, Pennsylvania) opened his decathlon campaign in the 100-meter breaking the tape at 10.87. The freshman leaped to a personal record in the long jump marking 23-2.75. Throwing 43-1.5 in the shot put and posting 49.49 in the 400-meter, Cardina concludes day one in sixth-place totaling 4,087.

Tori Gerlach (Perkasie, Pennsylvania.) finished 24th overall in the 3000-meter steeplechase.  

For the field events, Melissa Kurzdorfer (Lancaster, New York) earned a ninth-place finish in the hammer throw with a 205-6 (62.65m) toss while Darrell Hill (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) finished with his best mark of 62-9.5 (19.14m), finishing 15th-place overall in the shotput. 

Action at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships action is slated to continue Thursday morning at 11:00 a.m. PT. For more on Nittany Lion track and field, log on to




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