April 18, 2014
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - For the first time in school history, the University of Pittsburgh track and field team recorded their first performances of the ACC Outdoor Championship on Thursday.
As the last man standing in the high jump, Luke Gallaher took his performance to new heights in his career debut of the men's decathlon with an outdoor personal record of 2.10 meters (6'10.75"). Gallaher currently sits in fourth place as he heads into the final events of the decathlon on day two of the ACC.
Junior Haley Springman kicked off the day early for the Panthers with a personal record of her own in the women's hammer throw final (53.66 meters), placing her seventh overall in the competition.
Teammate Andrew Wells represented for the men as he advanced to the finals in the hammer throw, placing fifth with a recorded distance of 56.15 meters. Wells looks to be crowned as the men's discus champion on Saturday, while Springman will work to do the same in the women's discus.
The Panthers continued to turn in strong performances throughout the entire day. The Pitt sprinters were highlighted by Carvin Nkanata and Dustin Fuller who both advance to the finals in their respective events on Saturday.
Fuller finished sixth in the men's 400 meter hurdles with a new career best time of 52.75, knocking off one second from his previous personal record. Next up, Nkanata stole first place in his heat, and advanced to the finals in the men's 200 meter dash with a top time of 20.70 seconds.
Senior Ashley Corum also advanced her way into the finals in the women's long jump event, placing ninth overall as she tied a career best jump of 5.82 meters.
Other notable races include Desmond Palmer's first career performance of the outdoor season in the men's 400 meter hurdles. Palmer finally made his way back onto the track after weeks of being sidelined from an injury. The freshman hurdler came close to the finals in the event with a tenth place finish of 53.47.
Also recovering from injury, Jessica Tongue was not predicted to make much of an impact in the women's 200 meter competition. Tongue, however, proved her 41st ranking to be wrong with an eleventh place finish in the 200 meter with a time of 24.36.
Representing for the distance runners, Morgan Perry (4:40.90) and Andrew John Chaborek (4:01.27) both recorded lifetime bests in the women's and men's 1,500 meter run, respectively.
ACC Outdoor Championship action picks up again Friday morning at 10:30 with the women's javelin up first and decathlon on deck. Remember panther fans, the ACC Championship is available to live stream on ESPN3 (Friday at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m.). Stay posted on the latest updates by following @PittTFandXC on Twitter or `like us' on Facebook under Pitt Track and Field.