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Spratling Breaks NCAA Record

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In case you missed it, it was a huge weekend for some Pitt sports and individual student-athletes. None bigger than track and field star Brycen Spratling's performance at the Big East Championship meet.

Spratling set a new NCAA record in the 500 meter dash, which also sits at the third fastest time in the world at 1:00.37. Needless to say, the Pitt junior was named the Male Track Most Outstanding Performer for that record-breaking performance.

Spratling was joined by teammates Carvin Nkanata and Jonnique Lawrence, who each, respectively, won the men's and women's 200 meter dash, and Spratling, Nkanata, Oliver Philongene and Micah Murrah won the 4x400 meter relay. On Friday evening, Elizabeth Kline became the 10th Pitt student-athlete to win the pentathlon, and the first since 2005, winning three of five events (60 meter hurdles, 800 meter run, long jump).

Be sure to check back with Pitt Live Wire later in the week for a feature on Spratling, including video of his race and interviews.

Additionally this weekend, the Pitt baseball team achieved a feat that hasn't been seen in over 40 years -- they swept the Wichita State Shockers on their home field (6-4, 10-8, 11-3).

"We played very well as a team this weekend," said head coach Joe Jordano. "For us to sweep such a storied program as Wichita State is a great accomplishment but I know this team is looking forward to getting back to practice on Tuesday and preparing for our next opportunity."

Congrats to the baseball and track and field teams on their outstanding accomplishments!

Hail to Pitt!

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