Shisler leads Penn State relay team to title at Penn Relays

State College grad Alex Shisler helped the Penn State men’s sprint medley relay team take first place at the Penn Relays on Friday.

Shisler ran the 400-meter leg of the relay after freshman Xavier Smith and Sancho Barrett ran 200-meter legs. All-American Brannon Kidder finished the race to cap Penn State’s winning time of 3:21.29, edging runner-up LSU (3:21.95).

Penn State’s Darrell Hill defended his title at the meet in the shot put with a lifetime-best mark of 68 feet, 2.5 inches. It ranks second in program history, third in Penn Relays history and second in the NCAA this season.

Penn State freshman Elizabeth Chikotas won the 5,000 meter women’s title on Thursday with a time of 16:05.46, which is fourth best in Nittany Lion program history. She is also the first Penn State runner to capture a 5,000 title since Stacy Prey in 1986.

High school

The State College 4x100 and 4x800 boys’ relay teams also competed at the Penn Relays on Friday.

The 4x100 team of Tristan Daman, Max Herbst, Noah Woods and Kellin Valentine recorded a time of 43.47 seconds to finish 19th in the 257-team Large Schools division. Kingston College won in 41.12.

The 4x800 team of Anthony Degleris, Eric Heatwole, Nick Feffer and Alex Milligan placed ninth out of 15 teams with a time of 8:07.21. Pennsbury won in 7:54.98.

Kellin Valentine will compete in the long jump and the 4x400 boys’ relay team will compete Saturday.