Jones Takes Fourth in 200; Women's 4x4, Waithe Both Fifth at NCAA Finals
June 14, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. -
A total of five Nittany Lions earned All-America status on Saturday in the final day of the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The Penn State women's squad highlights the championship, finishing 12th place in team standings.
Mahagony Jones nabbed another All-America honor after a 22.68 finish earning fourth-place in the 200-meter. Jones tallies a total of five All-America honors.
"She definitely ended on a great day today, said Director and Head Coach of Track and Field/Cross Country Beth Alford-Sullivan. She had a true PR in the 200 and one of the best-executed 200's I've ever seen. She almost stole the show and I think with .05 between first and fourth and she just was right on it and put herself right on it. We couldn't be more proud of her. "
The 4x4 quartet of Kiah Seymour (Washington, D.C.), Mahagony Jones (Cleveland, Ohio), Dynasty McGee (Flint, Michigan) and Tichina Rhodes (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) zoomed to a PR of 3:31.17. The group's final run marks a fifth-place finish and second All-America honors.
"It was a very competitive field with a lot on the line. These guys went after it and we competed hard. A great second leg with Mahagony and an anchor with Kiah Seymour just really put it on the top for Penn State."
In the field events, Steve Waithe (Parkville, Maryland) and Brian Leap (Bellwood, Pennsylvania) represented Penn State in the triple jump. Waithe leaped to best mark of 52-2.75 (16.14m). The junior is a two-time All-American. Also competing in the triple jump was Brian Leap who jumped a lifetime-best of 51-6.5 (15.71m).
The women's contingent tied in 12th place with San Diego State earning 18 points. The men's squad finished 44th with a total of five points. A small squad will travel to the USA Senior Championships in Sacramento, California on Thursday, June 26.