Penn State track and field had quite the day on Saturday as it nearly doubled the total number of athletes going to the NCAA meet.
The Nittany Lions will be sending 21 total athletes to Eugene, Ore., to compete in the NCAA championships from June 7-10.
State College graduate Bryce Williams qualified for the NCAA meet for the first time in his career in the triple jump. The redshirt sophomore’s jump of 52 feet, 2 inches was a new personal best.
In the women’s triple jump, senior Danielle Gibson will look to be an indoor and outdoor All-American, with her jump of 43-5.
Tessa Barrett will also be looking to become a two-time All-American in the 5,000 meter, as she took home the East Regional crown with a time of 16:01.
The men’s 400-meter relay team rewrote the history books once again, breaking their own school record with a time of 39.08 seconds. The quartet of Karson Kowalchuk, Dan Chisena, Xavier Smith and Malik Moffett won their heat and had the seventh fastest overall time.
Moffett didn’t stop there as he qualified for the 200-meter dash as he got the final spot to NCAAs. Moffett’s time of 20.484 seconds beat out Alabama State’s Josh Davis by .004 seconds.
In the field, sophomore Dave Lucas qualified for his second straight NCAA outdoor meet in the discus. Lucas’ throw of 186-3 was good for ninth overall in the East region.
Obeng Marfo nabbed the 12th and final qualifying spot in the women’s shot put with her throw of 53-7 1/2.
In the final event, the quartet of Chisena, Smith, Tyreek Mathis and Isaiah Harris finished second in their heat to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA meet. The relay finished with a time of 3:3.48.