NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It was a weekend to remember for the Penn State track team, as the team followed up a record-breaking Friday with another day of program bests and personal bests Saturday at the Music City Challenge.

“A very exciting day for Penn State athletics,” said the head coach John Gondak noted. “It was our first visit to Vanderbilt and both teams really enjoyed it! It was our last major weekend before the post-season and we should take a lot of confidence from what we did last weekend. .Great props to the team for showing this weekend.”

The highlight of the day was the women’s 800m, where four Nittany Lions recorded times that ranked among the top five in program history. Leading the way was freshman Allison Johnson, who set the program record of 2:02.84, the NCAA’s best time this season. Johnson is off to a historic start to his career at Penn State, becoming the first rookie in Big Ten history to win the conference Athlete of the Week award three times. Victoria Tachinsky also improved its ranking on the program’s top-five list, posting Penn State’s third-best time with a 2:03.83, ranking sixth in the NCAA this season. Also post sub-2:05 times have been Rachel Gear (2:04.22) and Victoria Vanriele (2:04.96). Penn State’s previous record of 2:02.94 was set by Danae Rivers in 2019.

Yasmine Brooks had his best day of his career on Saturday, breaking his previous personal best in the 60-meter hurdles three times, posting a new PR of 8.20 to win the 60-hour final. Time ranks third in the history of the program.

The program’s all-time roster increase has also been Hailey Zurich, who won the pole vault with a max mark of 4.23m (13-10.5). The vault ranks second in the history of the program behind Katie Jones’ 4.27m (14-0) on vault earlier this season. Jones also posted a 4.23m jump on Saturday as Penn State took the top two spots in the event.

The Penn State men also posted several personal bests on the track, including Ka’Mere Day who placed second in the 60m with a time of 6.76. First-year student James Onwuka improved on his best time in the 400m with a time of 47.59. First-year student Olivier Desmeules continues to impress, as he clocked the team’s first sub-1:49 time in the 800m this season with a personal best of 1:48.27.

The Nittany Lions will return home next weekend to host the Penn State Tune Up on February 18

Full results:

Click HERE for Friday’s recap.


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