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The Penn State women's track and field team will try to add to its count of NCAA regional qualifiers this weekend as they travel to the University of Tennessee to compete in the Sea Ray Relays today and Saturday.

"Getting a performance at the regional level is certainly a piece of what you're trying to do with a meet like this, to continue your season into those championships," Penn State head coach Beth Alford Sullivan said. "But each meet is a preparation for the championships as well as a competitive experience."

The Relays, held at the Tom Black Track in Knoxville, Tenn., will feature more than 700 athletes from 70 different teams and several women's teams that Penn State has seen this season, including Virginia Tech and University of Pittsburgh. Big Ten teams from Michigan State, University of Michigan and Ohio State will also be competing.

Separated by more than 2,800 miles, members of the Penn State women's track and field team began the outdoor season in meets at George Mason in Fairfax, Va., and Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif.

The goal of the outdoor track and field season is to qualify for NCAA regional championships over Memorial Day weekend, where top finishers will qualify for the national championship meet. Penn State's women earned six total regional qualifying marks over the weekend, three at each of the two meets.

"Regional qualifying is one expectation it's great to accomplish at the first meet," head coach Beth Alford-Sullivan said. "Of course you want to get that regional qualifier done and out of the way so you don't have to worry about it."

The 38th annual Veterans Day Observance, hosted by the Penn State Veterans Organization, was held Friday afternoon as a way to remember and honor veterans.

It was "held to observe the day and reflect on the meaning of what veterans have accomplished, and to honor what they've done for the country," William Ames, the organization's adviser, said.

Students, community members and service men and women gathered at the steps of Old Main as a bagpiper initiated the event.

Old main event honors veterans

Old main event honors veterans

Army and Air Force ROTC colorguard members (from left to right) Bridget Fenton, Jonathan Delgado, David Steinour and Kala Brady retire the col…

The Penn State Veterans Organization gathered at Old Main Friday for a memorial service.

The 38th annual Veterans Day Observance, hosted by the Penn State Veterans Organization, was held Friday afternoon as a way to remember and honor veterans.

It was "held to observe the day and reflect on the meaning of what veterans have accomplished, and to honor what they've done for the country," William Ames, the organization's adviser, said.

Gas prices climbing quickly

Gas prices climbing quickly

Carla Frank, a Penn State alumna, fills her car with gas at the Citgo station on the corner of West College Avenue and Atherton Street yesterd…

Summer, holiday travels and international issues are cited as reasons for the recent increase.

The approaching summer months and international issues are factoring into the higher gas prices that drivers will have to pay when filling up their tanks this weekend.

Pennsylvania residents were paying an average of $2.58 per gallon yesterday, up 9 cents from last week's average of $2.49, said Jason Toews, co-founder of the Web site www.pennsylvaniagasprices.com .

The approaching summer months and international issues are factoring into the higher gas prices that drivers will have to pay when filling up their tanks this weekend.

Pennsylvania residents were paying an average of $2.58 per gallon yesterday, up 9 cents from last week's average of $2.49, said Jason Toews, co-founder of the Web site www.pennsylvaniagasprices.com.

Toews added that prices are expected to continue rising through the spring and summer.

A Whipple Dam visit attempts to mimic oceanfront experience

A Whipple Dam visit attempts to mimic oceanfront experience

Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the spray. Hiking is part of the Whipple Dam park.