March 15, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Carvin Nkanata is now tied for the fourth fastest time in the world for the men’s 200M dash. Nkanata crossed the finish line at 20.52 in the men’s 200M finals at the NCAA Indoor Championship on Friday night at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Nkanata’s first performance of the night in the 200M preliminaries of 20.69 was a new personal record. The senior sprinter’s new PR was good enough to advance him to the finals. Nkanata then reset his own record one hour later in the men’s 200 finals by 17-tenths of a second.
Nkanata placed third overall in the finals, finishing behind Diondre Batson of Alabama (20.32) who finished in first place and Dedric Dukes of Florida (20.34) who placed second.
“I’m really excited with how I performed in tonight’s final,” Nkanata said. “I came out and I executed my race. I did exactly what coach Webb told me to do and I feel really good about tonight. I reached one of my goals and everything is starting to come into place.”
Teammate Brycen Spratling also turned in a strong performance on Friday night at the NCAA Indoor Championship Meet. Spratling qualified for the finals in the men’s 400M dash with a time of 46.06, placing sixth overall. The top-eight advance to the 400M finals on Saturday at 8:40 p.m. (ET).
“The fans can expect me to give it my all in tomorrow night’s final,” Spratling exclaimed. “I’m definitely going to go out on the track tomorrow to compete and go for the win, nothing less than that should be expected.”
“I expected these types of performances tonight,” Head Coach Alonzo Webb stated. “These men have worked hard all year. Tomorrow should show what Brycen can really do and I believe he can make his way to the podium as well, which includes the top three places. Carvin’s performance in the finals today was probably the best finish any Pitt athlete has had in both indoor and outdoor since I’ve been here.”
Micah Murray also competed in the 400M, crossing the finish line at 47.26. Murray’s performance did not advance him to the final round of the 400M. However, Murray will be the lead off in the men’s 4x400M relay finals along with teammates Nkanata, Spratling and freshman Desmond Palmer. The Pitt men look to take the champion title in the men’s 4x4 on Saturday, with the race starting at 8:05 p.m. (ET).
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