Feb. 15, 2014
GENEVA, Ohio – Brycen Spratling is now ranked second in the NCAA and has the third fastest time in the world after his winning performance in the men’s 400M dash on Saturday afternoon at the SPIRE Collegiate Invitational. Spratling’s time of 45.57 is a new school record, lifetime best, and also a facility and meet record for the senior sprinter.
Spratling was one of many Panthers on Saturday to race to a new PR. Micah Murray also set a career best time in the same event in 46.65, breaking his previous lifetime best of 46.75. Murray is now No. 3 all-time in Pitt history and top-25 in the nation for the 400M.
Freshman Desmond Palmer continues to impress with a new lifetime best in the 400M (47.53). Palmer's performance ranks him as the second fastest freshman in the ACC.
Carvin Nkanata reset his own school record in the men’s 200M with a first-place time of 20.79, breaking his previous career best of 20.99. Nkanata's 200M performance is also the top time in the ACC as well as a facility and meet record at SPIRE.
For the women, Jessica Tongue set two new personal records, in the 60M (7.61) and the 200M (25.08). Tongue’s time of 7.61 in the 60M dash advanced her to the finals where she placed in eighth overall. In the 3K, Hillary Boxheimer, Dee Dee Adams and Abby Peters recorded career bests, while Michael Runco and Ben Kisley raced to their own personal records in the same event for the men.
Joslin Sellers had a lifetime PR in the women’s 800M run, while Tyler Castelli posted a career best in the men’s 800M. Cullen Davis recorded a lifetime best for the Panthers in the men’s 1 Mile run.
Other highly notable performances included, Palmer who once again advanced to the finals in the 60M hurdles. Dustin Fuller recorded his own lifetime best in the 400M (48.37), and raced to a 47.50 split in the 400M as a member of the distance medley relay team on Friday night. Brylan Slay, Josh McDonald and Shamaal Sheppard all ran career bests in the men's 600M, while Mariame Conde set a personal record in the women's 600M (1:35.48). Jordan Lee and Evann Thompson also set season best marks in the women's 400M dash.
The men’s 4x400M relay of Murray, Fuller, Palmer and Spratling turned in another winning performance on Saturday. On the women’s side, Taranisha Taylor took third in the finals of the 60M hurdles with a time of 8.34.
The Panthers next compete at the USATF Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. on March 14-15. For the latest updates on the Panthers, fans can follow @PittTFandXC on Twitter or ‘like us’ on Facebook under Pitt Track and Field.