Jan. 15, 2012
STATE COLLEGE, Pa.--The University of Pittsburgh women's track and field team posted several personal records following impressive performances at the Penn State Nittany Lion Challenge on Saturday.
In the 60M dash, three Panthers recorded personal bests as freshman Taylor Ellis-Watson finished second with a time of 7.62 seconds and senior Cambrya Jones (7.72) and junior Ashley Woodford (7.76) placed fourth and fifth, respectively.
The 4x400M relay team of Xauddina Whittington, Ellis-Watson, Arielle Fonrose and Jonnique Lawrence finished second with a mark of 3:40.78. The time now stands as a top-six national mark two weeks into the season.
"The meet went extremely well," Pitt head coach Alonzo Webb said. "This is what we were looking for from our team. We're really excited to have top national marks from our relay teams."
Individually, Jones won the 200M dash with a personal record and the fourth fastest time in the country at 23.90. Ellis-Watson finished third (24.25) and Lawrence was fourth (24.58) in that event.
Ellis-Watson's time is the 11th fastest in the nation to date. A rookie, Ellis-Watson has continued to impress this season, as she already holds the school record in the 300M dash and is consistently posting Big East qualifying standards.
The Panthers have a bye week before travelling back to State College for the high-powered Penn State National Open on Jan. 27.