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Q&A: Desiree Garland gets gold for Pitt

Senior Desiree Garland claimed Pitt’s first gold medal in the 400-meter run at the ACC Indoor Championships this fall (Photo by Divyanka Bhatia | Staff Photographer)

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

April 6, 2018

Senior Desiree Garland never intended to become a collegiate sprinter — she began her high school career as a jumper. But after she finished with the best 400-meter time in replacement of a missing teammate at one high school meet, Garland’s path as a sprinter was set. She claimed Pitt’s fi...

Dante Watson: Circling tracks and rounding the floor

Sophomore track athlete Dante Wilson serves as a resident assistant for first-year students in Sutherland Hall East. (Photo courtesy of Dante Watson)

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

January 19, 2018

Between lacing up his cleats for a race and spending late nights studying in Hillman, sophomore track athlete Dante Watson has a few other responsibilities: mediating disputes, doing rounds on dorm floors and being a good listener. In addition to being an athlete and a full-time student studying communic...

Weekend sports: Panthers flip out, fall short

Pitt gymnastics’ best performance emerged on the floor during its 194.850-194.125 loss to Oregon State Saturday night. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Visual Editor)

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

January 16, 2018

While most of Oakland hunkered down because of the winter weather, three teams were in action on campus over the weekend. The track and field squad traveled to an equally snowy State College. The women’s basketball team earned its first ACC win, and the track and field team secured 22 top-five fi...

Q&A with sole sisters: From course to track, Vlasics have each other’s back

Sisters Melanie and Mikaela Vlasic compete on Pitt’s track and cross country teams together. (Photo by Wenhao Wu | Assistant Visual Editor)

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

October 19, 2017

Even though senior Melanie Vlasic is finishing up her final seasons with the women’s cross country and track and field teams, she has one particular teammate to look out for — her younger sister, Mikaela Vlasic. The Vlasic sisters hail from Hatfield, where they attended North Penn High School...

Seven Panthers qualify for NCAA Championships

For the first time in his college career, senior sprinter Desmond Palmer qualified in two individual events, the 400m and 110m hurdles. Courtesy of Barry Schenk | Pitt Athletics

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

May 29, 2017

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

The Pitt track and field team traveled to Kentucky last weekend for the Louisville Invitational. Anna Bongardino | Staff Photographer

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

April 17, 2017

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...

Q&A: Joslin Sellers engineers final success on the track

Joslin Sellers will graduate from Pitt this spring with the school mile record and a degree in chemical engineering. Courtesy of Pitt Athletics

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

April 11, 2017

Senior distance runner Joslin Sellers has been carving out her spot on the track since the seventh grade. This year, as she finishes up a nearly ten-year running career, she solidified a high-ranking position in Pitt history after finishing the 2016-17 indoor season with not one but two record-breaki...

Pitt track travels to Florida, California

Junior Quadaisha Newkirk finished second as part of the women's 4x400 team at the 2017 Pepsi Florida Relays.  Anna Bongardino | Staff Photographer

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

April 3, 2017

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...

TPN Panthers of the Month: Andin Fosam and Josh Falk

Josh Falk is The Pitt News' Panther of the Month for two sparkling starts against ACC rivals this March. Anna Bongardino | Staff Photographer

By Bayard Miller | Assistant Sports Editor

March 29, 2017

Andin Fosam Andin Fosam, a junior thrower from Robbinsville, New Jersey, had already proved before March that she was one of the best throwers in the ACC. After this month, though, Fosam now is considered one of the best in the country. At last month’s ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships, Fosam finis...

Fosam, Michael-Khensu shine at CMU Invitational

Jabari Michael-Khensu runs the lead leg of Pitt's stadium record-setting 41.52-second 4x100m relay. Anna Bongardino | Staff Photographer

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

March 27, 2017

On a warm Friday and Saturday at Carnegie Mellon University’s Gesling Stadium, the Pitt track and field team finally got to compete close to home in its second meet of the outdoor season. The Panthers must have enjoyed the familiar setting, as multiple stadium records fell at the CMU Invitational over...

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