Meadville, PA. - the Penn State Greater Allegheny track and field team went into the Allegheny Gator Invitational on Friday looking to gain some momentum as they head into the offseason. Of the six competitors that represented PSUGA, four set personal records leading the way in the final meet of the season.
The day began with the field events as James Plez (Philadelphia, PA./Northeast HS) competed in long jump while Cameron Shaw (South Park, PA./South Park) and Jalen Bolger (Philadelphia, PA./Charter School for Electrical Technicians) threw in the shot put. In both events PSUGA had a representative in the finals with Plez and Bolger both advancing.
Plez finished 7th in the long jump with a distance a 5.70 meters falling just .13 shy off his personal record. Bolger would set a new PR in shot put throwing a distance of 7.33 M and finishing ninth in the field. Shaw finished 10th in the event throwing 7.13 meters.
With the field events completed the focus would shift to the track as four different PSUGA competitors spanned three events. Plez started things in his second event of the day competing in the 100-meter dash.
He would get back on track finishing ninth will the time of 12.28 seconds. For Plez, it was a good run finishing just 0.1 seconds below his season-high. Makis Rivera (Pittsburgh, PA./ Imani Christian Academy) was up next in the 400 meter dash running the event for the first time since April 6th. He was able to set a new PR running a 55.73 second and finishing seventh in the field.
Eladia Kennedy (Pittsburgh, PA./ Imani Christian Academy) would get things started on the woman's side as she competed in both the 100m and 200m dash. She had a successful day setting new PRS in both events. She finished third in the 100m with the time of 13.53 and fifth in the 200m with a time of 27.89. Kennedy heads into the offseason with a lot of confidence as she chases her goal of breaking the 12-second mark.
Namy Makiese (Pittsburgh, PA./Allderdice HS) rounded out the day's events competing in the men's 200m Dash. He also set a new PR finishing 10th with a time of 24.05 seconds. Makiese had the biggest jump of the day increasing is PR by 7/10 of a second and coming the closest of any PSUGA Runner to Breaking the 23 Second mark.
Overall it was a great day for head coach Gregg Schmitt and his team. They now head into the offseason looking to continue to improve and grow the PSUGA track and field program. With a couple of exciting recruits on the way and a majority of the team returning next season PSUGA track and field work to make their mark in the USCAA in the near future.
With Friday's meet in the books it marks the official end of the 2018-2019 Athletics season. We thank you for all your support and be sure to stay right here for more coverage All Summer Long as we get you ready for 2019-2020.