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Pitt men's track and field outdoor team breaking records, climbing rankings

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The Pitt men's track and field team is off to a solid start to their outdoor season and it's starting to pay dividends in the polls.

After beginning the season 70th in the USTFCCCA rankings, the Panthers shot up to 33rd this week with the new poll released on Monday, amassing a total of 54.51 points. As of now, that ranks 3rd in the ACC behind only Florida State and Virginia, both Top 25 teams. Helping the cause have been junior Imani Brown and sophomore Desmond Palmer, who both broke some long-standing school records this season.

Brown, a transfer from Alabama who was a 2013 All-American in triple jumps, just barely broke the school record in that event, which stood since 1980. He registered a 15.94m while the old record was at 15.93m. His addition should really pay off for the team.

A few weeks back, Palmer broke the 27-year old school record in the 400m hurdles, recording a time of 49.59 seconds. His time was the fastest collegiate time of the season and the year's first sub-50 second mark.

Good to see the program climbing back up after breaking into the Top 20 by the end of last season.

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