April 12, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Pitt throwers Haley Springman and Andrew Wells represented for the Panthers on Saturday afternoon at the Tennessee Sea Ray Relays, as each broke school records in the discus events.
"I was really excited with how we performed at the Tennessee Relays," Head Coach Alonzo Webb said. "This is what we have been working toward all season. There were multiple personal bests and overall great performances. I am very impressed with how hard our group is working this early in the outdoor season. All our athletes came up big for us at this meet."
Springman broke a school record that has stood since 2004, and set a new personal best, with a throw of 50.09 meters (164.33 ft) in the women's discus. The junior thrower surpassed the ten year old record by 1.07-meters. Springman's school record comes on the heels of her career best efforts in the women's hammer throw (52.07 meters) on Thursday during the opening day of action at the Relays.
Wells first broke the standing school record in the men's discus when he posted a distance of 54.54 meters. He then went on to break his own record with a subsequent throw of 55.16 meters. Interestingly enough, the junior thrower also held the previous record of 54.50 meters, which he set in 2013 during his sophomore year of competition. These performances by Springman and Wells placed them at second and third respectively, in the discus events.
Other notable performances by the throwers included personal records in the women's javelin throw for both Taylor Slaney (48.69 meters) and Brooke Shasteen (42.32 meters). Slaney's recorded distance placed her second overall and first among her collegiate competition. For the men, Ethan Shalaway set a career best throw of his own in the javelin event (65.98 meters).
The Pitt sprinters continued the record setting trend on both Friday and Saturday at the Tennessee Relays. Senior Carvin Nkanata won the men's 200-meter dash in 20.17 seconds. Nkanata's time is not only a new lifetime best, but also ranks as the second best time in the NCAA. Senior Brycen Spratling followed behind in third-place, finishing with a personal best time of 20.64.
In the men's 100-meter dash, Nkanata and Spratling posted a few more personal records. Nkanata took second overall in 10.28, while Spratling finished in tenth with a PR of 10.56. Teammates Micah Murray (10.65), Josh McDonald (11.20) and Shamaal Sheppard (11.56) followed suit with their own lifetime bests in the same event.
Spratling's success continued across the board in all four of his events, capping it off with a winning performance and a new school record of 45.46 seconds in the his primary event, the men's 400 meter dash. Spratling's time marks a personal record and ranks second in the nation for the fastest 400-meter time.
The personal records were a continuing theme for the Panthers over the three-day competition. Sophomore Taranisha Taylor added two of her own records in the women's 100-meter hurdles (13.75) and in the 100-meter dash (11.81). Teammate Khadeja Kearney followed close behind in the 100-meter dash with a career best time of 12.17 seconds.
Highlighting for the men in the hurdles, sophomore Dustin Fuller, finished in seventh after crossing the finish line with a new lifetime best of 14.72.
The Panthers also started competition in Lewisburg, Pa. on Saturday afternoon at the Bison Classic and will continue through Sunday, April 13th. Please check in shortly for day one results and a recap from the Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic.
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