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Nittany Lion Men Shine During Two Day Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup

The Nittany Lion men’s track and field team took home the team title this weekend after the two-day Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup, while the women’s team finished second to Cornell. The teams were led by a school record on the mens’ side and numerous individual wins by both teams.

David Lucas got things rolling Friday night for the No. 8 ranked Nittany Lions. Lucas shined once again with a win in the weight throw and came back Saturday to finish 5th in shot put. Having already set the weight throw school record twice this season, Lucas bested his own mark and rewrote the record book during the six throw competition. His best mark came on the last throw of the competition and landed out at 22.68 meters. After the weekend the mark sits at No. 3 in the NCAA. Lucas was followed by teammate Morgan Shigo who threw 21.88 meters for second place.

During the first event of the day Saturday, Colin Abert started competition off on a strong note as he cracked the elusive sub-four minute mile for the first time in his career, running 3:59.51. The four minute mile is one of the most sought-after marks in the sport of track and field and Abert will continue to chase the school record set by Robby Creese back in 2011, which stands at 3:57.11. Abert’s current time ranks him No. 9 in the NCAA.

Freshman Will Henderson continued the strong start to his career and racked up 28 team points after a win in the 60 meters in 6.83 second and the men’s long jump at 7.29 meters and a second place finish in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.11 seconds.

Bryce Williams, who currently holds the No. 3 mark in the NCAA for the triple jump, won the event with a mark of 15.52 meters. Other men’s victories included freshman Gary Ross in the 600 meters running 1:19.88, Jordan Makins in the 800 meters running 1:51.19, Tristan Daman in the 200 meters in 21.76, and freshman Ben Peterson in the shot put with a mark of 18.12 meters.

The women also tallied several impressive finishes, including a handful of wins. Greta Lindsley had a very impressive day taking home the mile win in 4:43.34 and second place in the 800 meter event in 2:11.38. The women swept the mile event with Marissa Sheva and Jillian Hunsberger coming in second and third.

Senior Hannah Mulhern was set a personal best in the pole vault, jumping to 4.16 meters to win the event and was closely followed by freshman teammate Katie Jones who finished in second with a vault of 4.09 meters.

Obeng Marfo threw her way to a first place in the shot put with a mark of 15.29 meters and also finished third in the weight throw. Other wins included freshman Victoria Tachinski took home the 400 meter title in 56.32 seconds, Hannah Mulhern in the pole vault, and Frances Bull runing 1:32.31 in the 600 meters. Bull and Tachinnksi combined with Maddie Holmberg and Lauren Costa to take the 4×400 meter title in 3:47.32.

Both teams will be in action next weekend at the two day Spire Invitational in Geneva, Ohio, which is also the site of the Big Ten Championships meet later in February.

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Janelle Rothacker

Currently a junior studying Kinesiology, Janelle is proud to call upstate NY (the real part, not the 30 minutes north of the city part) home. She's an avid runner and enjoys everything and anything sports. She also has a love of pancakes, avoids the HUB like the plague during the in between classes rush, and can quote the majority of Friends episodes from memory. If you want to hear all the embarrassing things she does daily, or want to contact her, follow her on twitter at @janellerothack or email her at [email protected]

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