Carvin Nkanata becomes first ACC Champion for Pitt track and field
March 2, 2014
CLEMSON, S.C. – The men’s 4x400m relay team of Micah Murray, Carvin Nkanata, Desmond Palmer and anchor Byrcen Spartling will return with a first place finish in the ACC Championships. The men’s 4x4 team crossed the finish line in 3:10.12, finishing 0.16 ahead of second place North Carolina.
“Brycen really saved us on the last leg, we started to get behind but he was able to get us right back in it,” Head Coach Alonzo Webb said. “Overall our performances were solid, but we didn’t do as well as we expected to at our first ACC. We finished big time by tying for seventh place overall in the conference on the men’s side. We now know what the ACC is all about before we head into the outdoor season.”
Nkanata also claimed first overall in the men’s 200m dash by running the same time as Saturday prelims, 21.24. Nkanata becomes the first student-athlete in school history to win the 200m title in two different conferences as he was crowned the 2014 ACC Champion on Saturday night.
Spratling went on to finish in sixth (21.84) and Murray took eighth (21.89) in the same event. In the men’s 400M finals, Murray sprinted his way into third with a time of 46.87, while Spratling finished close behind in fifth (46.90).
Nkanata, Murray and Spratling all qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 14-15. Murray’s time in the 200m converts to lifetime best time of 21.22, while Brycen ran a season best of 21.16 in the same event.
Taranisha Taylor impressed again in the finals by claiming fourth place in both the women’s 60m (7.46) and 60m Hurdles (8.39). Taylor raced a 7.46 in the 60m, 5-tenths faster than her preliminary time from Friday. In the women’s 200m finals, Zoey Whittington will take home sixth place overall in the ACC, running a 24.62. Whittington’s time in the 200m converts to an indoor lifetime best of 24.13.
The women’s relay team also placed sixth in the conference with a time of 3:44.44. Whittington, Jordan Lee, Khadeja Kearney and Evann Thompson ran the second fastest time of the season in the 4x4 relay.
In jumps, Ashley Corum finished fourth overall in the women’s triple jump finals, leaping to a distance of 12.78m (41-11.25). On the men’s side, Reggie Steele and Chris Spadaro took eighth and ninth, respectively in the triple jump. Steele jumped his way into a personal record and season best distance of 14.20m (46-07.25), breaking his previous lifetime best distance by 0.49m.
The men’s team scored a total of 44 points, tying for seventh with Georgia Tech in the ACC Championships. The women’s team finished 12th overall in their first ACC performance. Next up for the Panthers is the NCAA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. on March 14-15.
Men - Team Rankings - 17 Events Scored
1) Florida State –96
2) North Carolina–89
3) Notre Dame–84
5) Virginia Tec–65
7) Georgia Tech–44
10) NC State–32
12) Syracuse– 17
13) Wake Forest–9
Women - Team Rankings - 17 Events Scored
1) Florida State –96.50
3) Notre Dame–65
5) Virginia Tech–52
7) North Carolina–49
9) NC State–39
13) Georgia Tech–12.50
14) Wake Forest–11
15) Boston College–7
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