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Feb. 3, 2014

By Bernard Bennett-Green, GoPSUsports.com Student-Athlete Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State track and field displayed why they are considered one of the top teams in the country this past weekend at Penn State National.

Senior Brittney Howell (Wyncote, Pa.) started things off for the team by winning the pentathlon and scoring a personal best of 4,061 points. Howell's point total currently ranks her sixth in the country and second in the Big Ten. On the men's side, redshirt freshmen Robert Cardina (Lancaster, Pa.) was able to win the heptathlon and score a personal best of 5,257 points.

Director and head coach Beth Alford-Sullivan was very impressed with the Nittany Lions.

"Oh my god we were on fire. We had a great weekend. I mean honestly from start to finish it was a good twenty plus hours of track and field. We competed extremely well over two days of competition which is very useful when we get to championship time," said Alford-Sullivan.

In the sprints, Mahagony Jones (Cleveland, Ohio.) was able to finish as the top collegiate in the 60m dash with a time of 7.26. Red-shirt senior Evonne Britton (El, Paso, Texas.) finished third in the 60m hurdles but was able to break the school record with her time of 8.15. In the women's 400m dash, sophomore Kiah Seymour (Washington, D.C.) finished in second with a personal best time of 53.26.

 

 

On the men's side, freshmen Byron Robinson (Chesapeake, Va.) finished third in the 400m dash with a personal best time of 46.73 while his teammate Brandon Bennett-Green (Elkins Park, Pa.) finished in fourth with a season best time of 46.74. Currently, Robinson is ranked second and Bennett-Green is ranked third in the Big Ten.

In the field, Penn State demonstrated another strong showing across the board. Senior Jon Hendershot (Nazareth, Pa.) finished first in high jump with a mark of 7-2.5. Senior Will Barr (Urbana, Ohio.) continued his undefeated streak by winning in the weight throw with a toss of 68-3.75. Junior Darrell Hill (Philadelphia, Pa.) picked up his first win of the season by winning shot put with a toss of 60-01.25.

On the distance side, sophomore Brannon Kidder (Lancaster, Ohio) was able to win and set a personal record in the mile with a time of 3:59.55. Also doing well in the mile was junior Wade Endress (Altoona, Pa.) who finished seventh in a personal best time of 4:04.51.

"It was good I felt strong. I haven't raced indoors in two years. I had my opening race two weeks ago and I dropped five seconds from then so I'm pretty happy with it," said Endress.

On the women's side, senior Marta Klebe (Chesterbrook, Pa.) finished fourth in the mile with a personal best time of 4:44.80. Her teammate Tori Gerlach (Perkasie, Pa.) also finished fourth but in the 3000m with a personal best time of 9:14.75.

Later in the evening, the women's 4x400 meter relay team of Dynasty McGee (Flint, Mich.), Mahagony Jones, Tichina Rhodes (Philadelphia, Pa), and Kiah Seymour won with a season's best time of 3:36.41.

From My View
The Penn State National was definitely a meet that I will not forget. Not because I didn't have my best performance but because all of my teammates had great performances across the board. My teammate Brittney Howell told me in the beginning of the week that her goal was to score 4,000 or more points in the pentathlon and she went out and did it. My other teammate Darrell Hill just wanted to get a positive marked down because he hasn't had the throws that he wanted yet this season. Both teammates were able to fulfill those goals that they set out to do. It's amazing to see how some one has a goal and they work towards it and accomplish it. I was also proud to watch Byron Robinson and my brother Brandon do well in the men's 400m dash. We all planned on running 46 seconds or better and they held up their end of the bargain. I unfortunately I wasn't able to hold up my end because I got boxed in during my race. It was definitely a learning experience that I realized and I will correct the next time I step out on the track. A quote that happened to pop up in my head after that race is, "Your true character shows when you are faced with adversity". I could of got mad and complained about my race but I didn't. I just went out and cheered on my teammates as they raced through out the day. In the sport of track and field it is all about the process. As long as you focus on the day to day process of getting better everything else will come together when it is supposed to.

We are back in action in our last indoor home of the season next weekend. Please come out and support us as we run, jump, and throw for the glory.

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