Taylor Wins Shot Put, Perry Victorious in Long Jump at Penn Relays
April 24, 2014
PHILADELPHIA - NC State redshirt junior Tremanisha Taylor successfully defended her title at the 120th Penn Relays on Thursday, establishing a new NC State outdoor school record in the women's shot put with a throw of 57'09.00" (17.60m).
Taylor's record-setting heave, which also stands as the top mark in the NCAA in women's outdoor shot put this year, is the ninth-best all-time at the Penn Relays - the oldest and largest track and field competition in the United States.
"Penn is just a laid back meet right, so I just came to have some fun," Taylor said. "The new facilities are beautiful, the rings are nice and smooth. This win helps my season a lot. It's an ego boost, it shows that I can compete at a higher level. It motivates me for regionals and to try to get some more big throws out there."
Alexis Perry, competing against a field that featured multiple athletes ranked among the nation's top 25 in the long jump, took home top honors in the event with a mark of 20'9.25" (6.33m). Perry, who holds the fifth-best jump in the nation this year and the NC State outdoor school record in the long jump, will compete in the preliminaries of the 100m hurdles tomorrow.
"I love the energy and the environment and atmosphere of this meet, so that really helped a lot," Perry said. "My personal best is 6.45m. The wind did come in to factor a little bit. But, if anything, I'm actually really happy with my performance today because it's the most consistent I've ever been."
In the other events on the day, Wolfpack freshman Jacob Thomson, running unattached, garnered a first-place finish in the Olympic Development Men's 5,000m run with a time of 14:18.79, while Alexa Harvey (16:52.99) and Halsey Merritt (17:22.10) registered 14th and 25th-place finishes, respectively, in the Olympic Development Women's 5,000m event.
The Wolfpack is set to compete in six events tomorrow at the Penn Relays.
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