Penn State’s distance medley relay team won its race and qualified for the finals, and three others won individual titles, at the Penn Relays on Friday at Franklin Field.
The team of Robby Creese, State College’s Alex Shisler, Isaiah Harris and Brannon Kidder turned in a time of 9 minutes, 35.51 seconds. The time is sixth-best in Penn State program history for the distance medley, and leads the NCAA this spring.
Jon Yohman had a top throw of 60 feet, 10 1/2 inches to take the shot put. He is the third straight Nittany Lion, and fourth in five years, to win the Penn Relays shot put title. David Lucas won the discus with a throw of 180-6, the first Lion to win the event since Brian Milne in 1993, and Sarah Stanley won the javelin at 147-2. Teammate Anna Bailey was third in the javelin.
Also earning spots in Saturday’s finals are the 4x100 teams of Xavier Smith, Dan Chisena, Malik Moffett, Anton Porter with their time of 40.65, the eighth-best time of the day; the same foursome was clocked in 1:25.77 in the 4x200, the fourth-best time of the day; and the 4x400 team of Chisena, Shisler, Smith and Samuel Reiser was clocked in 3:11.56 to finish ninth overall and advance to the nine-team final.
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On Thursday, Erin Knabe won the women’s pole vault, clearing 12-5 1/2, while State College’s Megan Fry took eighth at 11-11 3/4. Obeng Marfo was second in the discus, Danielle Gibson was fourth in the long jump, Tessa Barrett and Jillian Hunsberger finished 2-4 in the 5,000 meters and Glen Burkhardt was third in the 10,000.