MEADVILLE, Pa. -- Point Park University men's track and field finished up its outdoor season Friday at the Allegheny Gators Invitational. There were three school records set, and it was a successful end to another strong year. The program was in just its third year of existence for 2016-17.
Point Park's 4x100 relay team, which won gold at the River States Conference meet, set a school record at Allegheny. The team of Eric Biggs, Tyrone Robinson, Tory Doby and Aaron Barlow had a time of 42.59 seconds, which was just 0.60 seconds off the NAIA qualifying standard of 41.99. That placed fifth at Allegheny, which had NCAA Division II schools Slippery Rock, Kutztown and Wheeling Jesuit take the top three spots in the relay.
Xavier Stephens continued to increase his own school record in the 800 meters. He ended his freshman year owning Pioneers records in the 800 and 1,500 with his latest 800 time of 1:54.85 placing fourth in a strong field at Allegheny. It was just over a second off the NAIA standard of 1:53.50.
Andre Lowery increased his Point Park record in the long jump to 6.70 meters. That placed in third at Allegheny. The jumpers had three Pioneers athletes place in the long and triple jumps. In the long jump, Jryi Davis was fifth, and Tyler Carter was seventh. In the triple jump, Carter led the way in first place at 13.88 meters while Davis was seventh and Lowery ninth.
Carter and Davis have both qualified for the NAIA outdoor national championship in the triple jump and will compete there May 25-27 in Gulf Shores, Ala. Carter ranks fourth nationally (14.70), and Davis ranks sixth (14.62). They both competed at the NAIA indoor national meet with Davis earning NAIA Indoor All-American honors.
Barlow had a strong showing in the sprints at Allegheny. He was fourth in the 200 meters at 22.26 seconds and fifth in the 100 meters at 11.36 seconds. He holds the school records in both events.
Bryan Partika led three Pioneers who placed in the 400 hurdles. Partika was fourth with a time of 57.45, and he is the school record holder in that event when he earned all-conference honors at 56.27. Theo Washington placed fifth (57.70), and Peter King was seventh (58.08).
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