ATHENS, Ga. — Victories in the women’s 3,000m and 3,000m steeplechase highlighted the season-opening competition for the Georgia State track and field team at the UGA Relays on March 15-16 at the Spec Towns Track.

Niamh Kearney won the 3,000m race with a time of 10:26.39, while Anna Sinclair took first place in the steeplechase in a personal best time of 11:28.90.

The Panthers swept the top three spots in the steeplechase with Denise Myers and Alison Bishop following closely behind Sinclair. Sarah McCarthy also placed 5th in the 3,000m, while Kelsey Spinks finished 7th in the race.

Hannah Stefanoff turned in an impressive performance in the 1,500m race, with a second-place finish.

Freshman Alexandra Johnson set a new personal record with a jump of 1.6m (5’ 3”) to tie for fourth place in the women’s high jump.

Gabby Brooks had a busy meet while competing in the long and triple jumps as well as the 4x200m relay. The senior finished seventh in the long jump and sixth in the triple jump, with a new personal best of 11.96m.

Both GSU’s 4x200m relay team and the Panthers’ 4x400m relay earned a fourth place finish at the meet. Wande Brewer ran a leg of both relay races and placed ninth in the 100m dash.

In the men’s 3,000m, Valentin Poncelet finished 5th, with teammate Carlos Galindo coming in 11th.

In the throws, Christina John hurled the discus 40.03m to finish in 5th place. Kesean Henderson placed 6th in the hammer on the first day of competition with a distance of 42.45m. Both marks were personal bests for the two GSU seniors.

Georgia State will continue the 2013 outdoor season on March 22-23 at the UCF Invite in Orlando, Fla.

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