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6 Lions, Carper at meet

June 26, 2014
The Altoona Mirror

Six Nittany Lions' will travel to the USATF Senior and Junior Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, California to compete against the nation's best athletes at Sacramento State University's Hornet Stadium.

The USATF Championships continues Thursday through Sunday.

Altoona graduate and Robert Morris graduate Chris Carper will also compete in the javelin.

Looking to advance to another IAAF World Championships, Evonne Britton is set to compete in the 100-meter hurdles.

Fighting for an IAAF World Championships spot, Kiah Seymour will compete in the 400-meter hurdles. Seymour ranks third nationally in the event after a sixth-place finish at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Making her first career appearance at the competition, Mahagony Jones will compete in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash.

A trio of Nittany Lions' will compete in the field events, including redshirt-sophomore Michael Shuey, who will compete in the javelin throw, junior Laura Loht, who set the Penn State javelin record at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships with a toss of 178-6, and Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year, Darrell Hill, who will compete in the shot put.

PSU alumnus Joe Kovacs won the shot put title on Wednesday, while junior Darrell Hill was 10th.

Gondak named coach

UNIVERSITY PARK - John Gondak has been named the interim coach for Penn State's cross country and track and field programs effective immediately following the departure of Beth Alford-Sullivan to the University of Tennessee on Tuesday.

Gondak has been with the program for eight years and most recently served as the associate head coach.

"First of all, I want to thank Coach Sullivan for her many years of leadership at Penn State," said Gondak. "Due to her guidance, the dedication of the assistant coaches and all the hard work and effort by the student-athletes, this program is in a great spot."

Gondak's focus during his eight years at PSU have been the cross country and distance squads.

 
 

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