April 18, 2014
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The University of Pittsburgh track and field turned in another solid day of performances at the ACC Championship with a total of 12 Panthers on their way to the Saturday's final day of competition.
Carvin Nkanata advanced to the men's 100 meter dash finals with the second overall best time of 10.44 seconds in earlier rounds of competition. Nkanata looks to claim both the 100 meter and 200 meter titles on Saturday. The senior sprinter will also take part in the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays on the final day of ACC Championship Meet.
Brycen Spratling highlighted, once again, in his primary event, the men's 400 meter dash, finishing with a top preliminary time of 45.88 seconds. Spratling will also compete in the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relay finals, in addition to the 400 meter on the final day of conference competition.
Luke Gallaher and Brad Rocco completed the final five events for the men's decathlon on Friday, which included the 110 meter hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin and 1,500 meter run. Gallaher entered Day Two resting in fourth place overall and ultimately finished at seventh, while Rocco came into the day at 12th place and improved to finish tenth.
In Gallaher's first decathlon showing, he scored a total of 6,622 with two winning performances coming in the high jump and javelin throw. Gallaher came close to setting a Pitt school record, but fell short by just 22 points.
Representing for the women, Jessica Tongue-Coates placed eighth in the 100 meter dash, securing a spot in the championship finals.
In the javelin throw, Taylor Slaney joined the top nine, advancing out of prelims into the javelin finals, finishing sixth overall with a recorded distance 47.63 meters (156'3").
Other noteworthy performances include Charles Ross' career best run in the men's 800 meter, as he crossed the finish line at 1:53.22.
The ACC Outdoor Championships will conclude on Saturday with eight of the Panthers pushing their way into the finals. The finalists for the women include Ashley Corum (triple jump), Paige Lumley (triple jump), Haley Springman (discus) and Jessica Tongue (100 meter). For the men, Dustin Fuller (400mH), Luke Gallaher (javelin), Carvin Nkanata (200 meter), Ethan Shallaway (javelin), Chis Spadaro (triple jump), Brycen Spratling (400 meter), Reggie Steele (triple jump) and Andrew Wells (discus) will continue on in competition.
The Panthers will turn in their last round of showings at the ACC Championships on Saturday as the competition starts at 11 a.m. with the women's discus throw. Fans can find the latest updates on the ACC action by following @PittTFandXC on Twitter or 'like us' on Facebook under Pitt Track and Field.