Whiting wins gold, Cox earns bronze at World Indoor Track Championships

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The 2014 World Indoor Championships concluded Sunday in Sopot, Poland, with two athletes with ties to the Nittany Lion Track and Field program coming away with medals.

Volunteer assistant coach Ryan Whiting entered the shot put competition as the defending World Indoor Champion, as well as the number one thrower in 2014. In a titanic battle with David Storl of Germany, the lead changed four times before Whiting unleashed a mammoth fourth round effort of 72-4.25 (22.05 meters) to claim his second World Indoor Title.

Whiting was joined in Poland by Penn State assistant coach Patrick Ebel. "The World Championships in Poland was a great experience with Ryan winning the gold," said Ebel. "Working with Ryan and knowing all of the hard work that he puts in each day, I am sure that he has many more titles in his future."

On the track, former NCAA Champion for the Nittany Lions, Shana Cox, ran as the second leg of the Great Britain 4x400 meter relay. Running a strong leg Cox handed off in second behind a very strong United States team. Great Britain would ultimately finish third, adding a bronze medal to the gold that Cox won in the 2012 version of this event.

Track and field championship action will continue March 14 with the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.   

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Last Updated March 10, 2014