AUBURN, Ala. — Katharine Showalter won 3,000m steeplechase for the fourth time during the 2012 outdoor track and field season to highlight Georgia State’s participation in the War Eagle Invite, April 20-21.

With a time of 10:50.25, Showalter broke her previous personal best set earlier this season at the Yellow Jacket Invite and establishes a new conference best time in the event.

Teammates Alison Bishop and Anna Sinclair placed sixth and eighth in the race, respectively. Bishop’s time of 11:27.81 is the fourth fastest time in the CAA this year.

The Panthers’ next best finish came from Valentin Poncelet who captured third place in the invitational heat of the men’s 5,000m race. On the women’s side, Hannah Stefanoff came in fifth of the invitational 5,000.

GSU’s lone 2011 NCAA championship participant, Angelia Nugent leaped to a new season-best CAA mark in the triple jump. Her jump of 12.26m (40’ 2.75”) was good enough for a fourth place finish in Auburn.

Charlesha Lightbourne placed fifth in the women’s 200m dash and ninth in the finals of the 100m. Her times of 23.80 and 11.83 in the races are now the fourth best times in the CAA this season.

In the women’s 800m, Niahm Kearney came close to a personal best time by running 2:14.48. The Irish-native placed sixth in the event for Georgia State. Jennifer Rubel earned seventh place in the 1,500m by running 5:03.42.

Tamara Moore hurdled her way to a sixth place finish in the finals of the women’s 100m hurdles. Her time of 13.55 is the new best time in the conference in the event. On the men’s side, Kacey Rollins ran a 14.65 in the 110m hurdles to place eighth.

The Georgia State track and field teams will enjoy a week off from competition before traveling to Fairfax, Va. for the 2012 CAA championship meet. The GSU women’s team is the defending conference champions, having earned the first track conference title in school history during the 2011 season.

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