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May 28, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Members of the Penn State men's and women's track and field program 2014 recruiting class posted outstanding results over the weekend at the PIAA Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University. Altogether, Penn State commits earned 16 top-five performances, including seven runner-up finishes, and three state championships.
Leading the charge for the men on the track were Will Cather and Mason Post (State College). The middle distance standouts made up half of the 4x800-meter relay that won the AAA state championships in a time of 7:41.99. Post, running the third-leg, handed off the baton to Cather in third position. Cather put forward an outstanding split of 1:52.0 to run away over the last 200-meters. The performance matched the 4x800-meter title earned during the indoor season - giving Cather and Post a sweep of the event in 2014. Cather also scored for State College in the open 800-meters finishing sixth.
Also posting an exceptional performance was Tony Russell (West Chester Henderson), who finished as runner-up in the AAA 3,200-meter run. In a tight race, Russell finished under the PIAA record time, setting a performance of 8:58.26. In the middle distance Joe Logue (Pennridge) ran a lifetime best time of 1:51.45 in the final of the AAA 800-meter run to finish third. In the sprints runner-up finishes came from Dave Stellato (Wissahickon) in the AAA 400m with a time of 48.31, as well as Xavier Smith (Daniel Boone) in the AAA 100m with a performance of 10.67. Smith would also return to the track in the AAA 200-meter dash where he earned another top-three performance finishing third in 21.52.
In the field, the top performances came from outstanding throws commit Morgan Shigo (Fleetwood) and State College local Bryce Williams (State College) in the triple jump. Shigo posted two top-four finishes with his toss of 57-7.75 earning him second place in the AAA shot put, while also finishing fourth in the AAA discus. Williams jumped out to 47-7.25 to seal third and a place on the podium in the AAA triple jump championship. Posting a top-five performance was Tyler Hope (Tamaqua) with a fifth place effort of 194-11 in the javelin.
On the women's side, Elizabeth Chikotas (Saucon Valley) added another state title to an already outstanding resume. With a time of 10:36.65, Chikotas was a comfortable winner in the AA 3,200-meter run. Chikotas also posted a runner-up finish in the AA 1,600-meters to cap off an outstanding weekend. In AAA action, Jillian Hunsberger (Mt. Lebanon) finished fifth in the 3,200-meters, while Greta Lindlsey (Penn Manor) ran 4:52.28 to earn fourth-place honors. Joining Lindlsey in the final was Hannah Catalano (State College) who ran a lifetime best of 5:06.51 in Friday's qualifying.
In the field, future Nittany Lions excelled with two outstanding runner-up performances. Anna Bailey (Bishop McDevitt) sent the javelin out to 135-3 to claim second-place honors in the AA javelin toss. Hanna Mulhern (Altoona) matched Bailey's performance by finishing second in the AAA pole vault competition - Mulhern had a best clearance of 12-0.
As the 2014 recruiting class wraps up their State Championship careers, the current Nittany Lion squad are finishing their final preparation for the NCAA Eastern Preliminary Round in Jacksonville, Florida. Follow along on Twitter (@PennStateTFXC) for all of the updates.