The Penn State Men and Women’s Indoor Track and Field squad left their marks across the country over the weekend. While the middle- and long-distance squads traveled to the Husky Classic at the University of Washington in Seattle, the jumps, sprints and throws groups traveled to the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
Senior Will Barr, who recently broke Penn State’s school record in the men’s weight throw, bettered his own record with a monster throw of 67-11.75 feet. Barr is currently ranked 10th in the country and in line to qualify for the Indoor NCAA Championships.
Sophomore Robby Creese, also known as Creese Lightning, competed in the Invitational Mile at the Husky Classic and ran to a school-record time of 3:57.11. Finishing third behind three professional runners and a 2012 Olympian, Creese held his own in a loaded pack and jump-started his sophomore season that catapulted him up the rankings list.
While Creese had outstanding indoor success as a freshman last year, anchoring the Big Ten Champion Distance Medley Relay team and running a personal-best 3:58 mile, he had been experiencing a bit of a challenging season thus far. After such a breakout race in Seattle, Creese is now ranked 2nd in the NCAA and 1st in the Big Ten.
Proceeding Creese’s 3:57 mile, senior Sam Masters took over the record-book with his time of 7:54.52 for 3,000 meters — which has stood since 1989. Masters’ personal-best 3k performance ranks him third in the competitive Big Ten and 17th in the NCAA, just one spot short of currently qualifying for the National Championship meet.
Other noteworthy performances from the weekend include senior Brooklyne Ridder’s personal-best of 16:07.52 in the 5k (1st in the Big Ten), senior Natalie Bower’s personal-best of 16:17.81 over 5k (3rd in the Big Ten), and sophomore Dynasty McGee’s personal-best of 53.87 in the 400 meters (2nd in the Big Ten).