BLOG: Recapping the Penn State National
Feb. 3, 2014
By Bernard Bennett-Green, GoPSUsports.com Student-Athlete Writer
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.
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