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June 13, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. -
Kiah Seymour (Washington, D.C.) Mahagony Jones (Cleveland, Ohio) and Brittney Howell (Wyncote, Pennsylvania) added to Penn State’s All-America list, posting great finishes at the NCAA Championships on Friday.
Seymour blazed to a sixth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles. The Nittany Lion clocked 56.77 earning First-Team All-America honors. Seymour will compete in the 4x400-meter relay final with Tichina Rhodes (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Dynasty McGee (Flint, Michigan) and Mahagony Jones on Saturday evening.
Mahagony Jones earned her fifth All-America honor after taking seventh-place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.57. Striving for more, Jones will compete in the 200-meter and the 4x400-meter relay on Saturday.
Competing in the heptathlon, Brittney Howell (Wyncote, Pennsylvania) battled to earn Second Team All-America status. Howell leaped to a best mark of 6.05 in the long jump and launched 96-6 (29-41m) in the javelin throw. After recording 2:27.37 in the 800-meter, the Nittany Lion earned a total 5530 points earning 10th place.
“It was a tough competition but she held her own and she was a true fighter out there, said Director and Head Coach of Track and Field/Cross Country Beth Alford-Sullivan. I’m very proud of her.”
Also competing on Friday was Junior Matt Fisher (Kennett Square, Pennsylvania) who clocked 15:05.99 in the 5000-meter for 25th place.
Brannon Kidder (Lancaster, Ohio) is set to run the 1500-meter final around 2:30 p.m. PT. Kidder automatically qualified after blazing to a fourth-place finish in the semifinals on Thursday.
“We’re excited it’s amazing what this championship brings out.just phenomenal performances not just from Penn state but from everybody.”
NCAA action will conclude on Saturday evening. For more on Nittany Lion Track and Field, log on to www.GoPSUsports.com.