April 25, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA - In front of a crowd of 38,135 spectators, the Pitt men's 4x200 meter relay team showcased their talents by setting a new school record of 1:23.29. The relay team of Carvin Nkanata, Micah Murray, Josh Mindlin and Brycen Spratling currently rank fourth overall, which advances the 4x2 to the Championship of America on Saturday.
The men's 4x400 meter relay team then went on take first in their heat, crossing the finish line at 3:07.67. The group of Micah Murray, Carvin Nkanata, Desmond Palmer and Brycen Spratling were finally reunited on the track for the first time this outdoor season. The reigning ACC Indoor Champions did not miss a stride in their heat, and placed fifth overall. The `fast four' will compete again in the Championship of America on Saturday.
Palmer who had been dealing with a hamstring injury returned last weekend at the ACC Outdoor Championships, and is now back to competing in his primary event, the 400 meter hurdles. The freshman won his individual heat in 52.47 seconds, and ranks ninth overall. Teammate Dustin Fuller also won his heat in the same event with a time of 53.52 seconds.
In the jumps, senior Reggie Steele advanced his way into the long jump finals on Friday evening. Steele finished eighth with a recorded distance of 6.92 meters.
Representing for the women, the 4x200 relay team posted a 1:36.44 preliminary time, advancing Jessica Tongue-Coates, Taranisha Taylor, Khadeja Kearney and Evann Thompson to the ECAC Championships on Saturday afternoon.
Tongue-Coates next competed in the women's 100 meter dash where she finished in 12.04 seconds. She just missed the cut for finals by 0.05 seconds after placing in eleventh.
Brooke Shasteen competed in the women's javelin event where she threw for 40.60 meters and placed 16th out of 28 participants.
The Penn Relays will wrap-up on Saturday with the final events and the highly anticipated Championship of Americas. Championship Saturday is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For the latest updates, follow @PittTFandXC on Twitter or `like us' on Facebook under Pitt Track and Field.