Freshman Micah Trusty Sets School Record in 600 Meters at Penn State National Open

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.—In just the second track event of her young collegiate career freshman Micah Trusty (Philadelphia, Pa.) set a school record in the 600 meters with a time of 1:30.47 at the Penn State National Open on Saturday afternoon. Trusty eclipsed the previous Villanova standard of 1:31.55 which had been held by Siofra Cleirigh Buttner since January 23, 2015. The record performance highlighted another strong day of action for the Wildcats at Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track as the two-day Penn State meet wrapped up.

Seven of the 10 fastest times in school history in the 600 meters have been recorded in the last nine seasons and Trusty becomes the second straight freshman to be the school record holder. Cleirigh Buttner was also in her first year of collegiate competition in 2015 when she ran 1:31.55 in the Metro Team Challenge at The Armory in New York. It stood up until Trusty toed the line for the invitational section of the event on Saturday afternoon and beat the mark by just over a second. She opened with a lap of 27.44 for the first 200 meters and then had successive laps of 30.08 and 32.96 to close.

It was a busy day for Trusty, who returned to the track approximately 90 minutes after her record performance to run the second leg of the 4×400 meter relay. She had a split of 55.81 on her leg of the race as a lineup of freshman Myonica Jackson (Bolingbrook, Ill.), Trusty, sophomore Maya Dorer (New York, N.Y.) and senior Madison Martinez (Gahanna, Ohio) posted a time of 3:48.62. Martinez had the fastest split of the quartet with an anchor leg of 55.27 to power Villanova to a first place finish in its heat. Jackson opened the relay with a split of 59.81 on the opening leg and Dorer had a split of 57.74 on the third leg.

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