A few weeks after comprising half of Penn State’s collegiate record 4x200 relay team, Brandon Bennett-Green and Matt Gilmore kicked off the first day of action in Geneva, Ohio, posting season-best numbers in the 200-meter dash.
Depending on their event, the Lions are split this week competing either in Geneva, Ohio, or Seattle, Washington.
Gilmore and Bennett-Green led an array of Penn State successes Friday at the SPIRE Division I Invitational, at the SPIRE Institute. Bennett-Green, a junior, posted his season best time of 21.66, and Gilmore, a sophomore, posted his season best time of 21.73. Bennett-Green and Gilmore both won their respective heats, and finished second and third in the event overall.
Other notable times of Day 1 included senior Brooklyne Ridder, who ran a personal best 16:07.52 in the elite “invitational” women’s 5000M run in Seattle. This time was good for fourth on Penn State’s all time performance list, and was the fastest time in the Big Ten for this year. Her time here was more than seven seconds faster than her previous personal record, and more than 20 seconds faster than her previous indoor career low.
The Nittany Lions continue their action in Seattle and Geneva on Saturday.