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ICYMI: Summer sports timeline

ICYMI: Summer sports timeline

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

August 22, 2017


Filed under Sports

April 28 - Football head coach Pat Narduzzi dismisses senior defensive tackle Jeremiah Taleni for disciplinary reasons. April 28-29 - Five Panthers are selected in the 2017 NFL Draft, including James Conner, who the Steelers picked in round three. May 2 - Gymnastics head coach Debbie Yohman ret...

Wolk wins USA junior 5k Championship

Wolk wins USA junior 5k Championship

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 27, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Even though the Pitt track and field season ended two weeks ago, some of the team’s best runners continued to compete this past weekend at the United States Track and Field Outdoor Championships, including freshman Nick Wolk, who won the junior 5000m championship with a time of 14:26.54. Recent g...

Palmer leads Panthers at NCAA Outdoor Championships

Palmer leads Panthers at NCAA Outdoor Championships

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

June 12, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Last week at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, Pitt senior Desmond Palmer asserted himself as one of the greatest hurdlers in program history. The stage was the NCAA Outdoor Championships, a place not unfamiliar to Palmer. He has now been to the Championships four times in his career, qualify...

Panthers prepare for NCAA Championships

Panthers prepare for NCAA Championships

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 6, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Sports Features

Pitt junior thrower Andin Fosam nervously watched the conclusion of the hammer throw last week at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Lexington, Kentucky, as she clung to one of the last NCAA Championship spots. Her performance earlier in the day wasn’t her best, as she fouled on two of three th...

Seven Panthers qualify for NCAA Championships

Seven Panthers qualify for NCAA Championships

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

May 29, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt Track and Field team had a successful weekend at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Lexington, Kentucky and qualified seven runners for the NCAA Outdoor Championships held in Eugene, Oregon. On Thursday, sophomore distance runner Gillian Schriever and junior thrower Andin Fosam became the fir...

Glick, Newkirk, Palmer win at Louisville Invitational

Glick, Newkirk, Palmer win at Louisville Invitational

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

April 17, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt track and field team traveled to the Bluegrass State this weekend for Louisville Invitational. In the city famous for the Kentucky Derby, first-year Drew Glick, junior Quadaisha Newkirk and senior Desmond Palmer ran well in this weekend’s meet, with all three completing the weekend with i...

From Pitt to the pros: Spratling sprints to stardom

From Pitt to the pros: Spratling sprints to stardom

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

April 10, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

Brycen Spratling sports Nike shoes, sweatpants and a short-sleeve black-and-blue shirt while warming up for his workout. He slowly trots around the track, bouncing to the beat of the music in his earbuds. An unknowing observer might assume he’s just there for a routine jog. But once he takes off, ...

Pitt track travels to Florida, California

Pitt track travels to Florida, California

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

April 3, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Panthers scattered over the country this weekend, with the the track and field team splitting up across three different meets in two different states. The majority of athletes made their way to Gainesville, Florida, for the 2017 Pepsi Florida Relays. The meet took place over three days this we...

Eight Panthers earn All-ACC status at ACC Indoor Championships

Eight Panthers earn All-ACC status at ACC Indoor Championships

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

February 27, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Although nobody on the Pitt track and field team qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships, several Panthers made it onto the medal stand at the ACC Indoor Championships last weekend. Overall, eight Pitt athletes achieved All-ACC recognition, 16 set personal bests and two broke school records. Still...

Palmer, Sellers achieve new heights at SPIRE Invitational

Palmer, Sellers achieve new heights at SPIRE Invitational

By Dominic Campbell | For The Pitt News

February 13, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt Track and Field outperformed much of the competition Friday and Saturday at the SPIRE Invitational in Geneva, Ohio, led by victories from seniors Desmond Palmer and Joslin Sellers. Palmer won the 300-meter Friday for the first time in his Pitt career in a personal-best time of 33.61 seconds. Sell...

Four Panthers victorious at PSU National Open

Four Panthers victorious at PSU National Open

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 30, 2017


Filed under Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Ariel Pastore-Sebring, already known by her cross country teammates as a “de facto” leader, is also setting an example on running away from the competition in the track and field circuit. Pastore-Sebring, a senior distance runner who is also a culture writer for The Pitt News, set a personal ...

Desmond Palmer sets school record in 600m at Nittany Lion Challenge

Desmond Palmer sets school record in 600m at Nittany Lion Challenge

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 17, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt senior Desmond Palmer is already a two-time NCAA All-American hurdler. Competing in the 600-meter race for the first time on Saturday, he proved he’s capable of making history as a traditional sprinter, too. Palmer broke the Pitt track and field program record in the 600m at the Nittany Lio...

Palmer and Newkirk pack powerful 1-2 punch for Panthers

Palmer and Newkirk pack powerful 1-2 punch for Panthers

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

January 3, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

With Pitt’s 2016-17 indoor track and field season getting into full swing, two athletes stick out as names to watch: Desmond Palmer and Quadaisha Newkirk. Palmer, a senior from Pickerington, Ohio, is already established as one of the Panthers’ most accomplished track stars. Newkirk, meanwhile, is a ...

Pitt’s Desmond Palmer named second-team All-American

Pitt’s Desmond Palmer named second-team All-American

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

June 13, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt’s Desmond Palmer is now a three-time NCAA Outdoor Track and Field All-American. Palmer earned second-team All-America honors this season after falling just short of making the men’s 400 meter hurdle finals at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Wednesday in Eugene, Ore...

Palmer leads Panthers to Outdoor Track and Field Nationals

Palmer leads Panthers to Outdoor Track and Field Nationals

By Steve Rotstein / Sports Editor

May 31, 2016


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Junior Desmond Palmer is going back to TrackTown USA, and this time he’s bringing three teammates with him to Oregon. Four Pitt Panthers qualified for the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Jacksonville, Florida, this weeke...

Track and Field: Five Panthers compete at Nationals

Track and Field: Five Panthers compete at Nationals

By Megan Boyle / Staff Writer

June 17, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Time proved to be the toughest opponent for the five Pitt athletes who traveled to Eugene, Ore., to compete in the NCAA Outdoor National Championships.“There is a very small margin for error, especially competing at this level,” head coach Alonzo Webb said. “A lot of races are won or lost by hun...

Track and Field: Pitt hurdlers eliminated at Nationals

By Megan Boyle / Staff Writer

June 12, 2014


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Two Pitt track and field athletes’ dreams of competing for an individual national title will have to wait until next year.Freshman Desmond Palmer and sophomore Evann Thompson, competing in the 400-meter high hurdles and hurdles, respectively, were eliminated on Wednesday from the NCAA Outdoor National Ch...

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