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Relay record highlights Georgia State in Gainesville

The Panthers concluded their performance at the Florida Relays with several new school records and conference-best outings.

On Day One of the event, junior Ravin Gilbert put in a time of 11.62 in the 100 meters that stands as that event’s top time in conference. She finished 17th for the 100 meters in an event that World Express AC’s Michelle-Lee Ahye won with a 10.97.

Wande Brewer finished 32nd in the 200 meters with a 24.29 time. Tori Bowie of the PURE Athletics track club placed first in 22.61 seconds.

Stella Christoforou ran a Sun Belt-best 4:30.32 minutes in the 1,500 meters for a 17th-place finish. Rhianwedd Price was awarded first place at 4:11.67 minutes.

In the 5,000 meters, the Panthers’ Jennifer Rubel finished her course in 17:14.35 minutes (12th place). Hannah Stefanoff was awarded 29th at 17:39.37 minutes. Junior Anne-Marie Blaney, who was not participating with a school, won the event at 16:26.27 minutes.

Allyson Goff put in a career-best 13.95 second time in the 100 meter hurdles, placing 37th. Senior Bridgette Owens of host school Florida took home first in the 100 meter hurdles at 12.75 meters.

In the 400 meter hurdles, Georgia State’s Tyler Watson finished 44th out of 53 participants with a time of 1:03.56. Kendra Harrison of Kentucky proved to be victorious with a time of 54.94 seconds.

Nuria Ramirez and Mackenzie Nail represented Panthers blue and white in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. The freshman Ramirez posted a time of 10:45.93 for 16th and Nail came in at 31st with a time of 11:56.86 minutes. Mississippi State’s Cornelia Griesche won the 3,000 meters, timing in at 10:04.03 minutes.

On Day Two, Georgia State’s 4×100 relay team placed 14th, finishing their course in 45.54 seconds. The University of Southern California (USC) won at 43.85 seconds. The 4×200 relay team placed twelfth with a 1:36.97 minute performance. USC won the 4x200s as well with a 1:31.41 minute outing. In the 4×400 meter preliminaries, the Panthers put up a time of 3:48.87 for 23rd–a season-best. Alabama State won this event at 3:36.18 minutes.

Alysiah Whittaker, in the University division of the shot put threw for a distance of 15.35 meters. LaPorscha Wells finished in 6th place out of 13 participants in the invited group of shot putters at 15.60 meters. Becky O’Brien, not participating with a school won it with an 18.21 meter outing.

The Panthers’ Sharonda Bryant placed ninth in the discus throw at 44.94 meters in an event that Western Carolina’s Alisha Bradshaw won at 49.81 meters.

Wells also participated in the University invite division of the hammer throw competition, in which she finished 12th at 51.39 meters. Shelby Ashe of UGA placed in a 64.52 meter outing, claiming the top spot for the hammer throw.

Georgia State competes next as part of the Spec Towns Invitational in Athens, Georgia on April 11.

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