April 26, 2014
PHILADELPHIA - "It couldn't have been written any better than this," Head Coach Alonzo Webb shouted as he ran toward the Pitt men's 4x4 relay champions. It truly was a story book ending for Micah Murray, Carvin Nkanata, Desmond Palmer and anchor Brycen Spratling who repeated history on the 75th anniversary.
It has been 75 long years since Pittsburgh won the men's 4x4 relay with Frank Ohl, Al Ferrara, Larry Tregoning and John Woodruff. That was until Championship Saturday when Murray, Nkanata, Palmer and Spratling wrote their way into Penn Relays' history, and into the Pitt record books with a new school record of 3:03.44. In fact, the fearsome four made the feat look incredibly easy, finishing ahead of Texas by 1.69 seconds.
"It was so special for Pitt's own Herb Douglas (1948 London Olympic Medalist) and our Athletic Director Steve Pederson to be here with us to experience this win at the Relays," Webb said. "This was Steve Pederson's first time at the Relays, and for him to experience this atmosphere and the Pitt win is amazing. Herb is such a big supporter of Pitt. He talked to me all year about coming to the Relays to watch the 4x4 win, and we did exactly that for him and the University of Pittsburgh."
Murray, Nkanata and Spratling truly showcased their skills in the relay events. The three seniors along with sophomore Dustin Fuller set a new school record in the men's 4x200 meter relay event (1:22.66) early in the day on Championship Saturday.
The women's 4x200 relay team of Jessica Tongue-Coates, Taranisha Taylor, Khadeja Kearney and Evann Thompson also shined on Saturday with a third place performance in the 4x2 ECAC finals, crossing the finish line at 1:36.84.
Rounding out the Panthers' most notable performances of the Relays, freshman Ethan Shalaway placed 12th overall in the javelin throw (61.88 meters), and the women's 4x800 meter relay posted a season best time of 9:08.35.
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