May 11, 2014
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia – The Pitt track and field team posted record times and distances in their first appearance at the Virginia Challenge this weekend. Taylor Slaney represented for the Panthers on Saturday in the women’s javelin throw with a record breaking throw of 50.31 meters. Slaney surpassed the previous Pitt record by 1.53 meters, which has stood since 2006.
Slaney finished third overall behind USA Karlee McQuillen and Central Park TC Kateema Riettie, but placed first against NCAA competition.
Also representing for the women, Morgan Perry bested her personal record in the 1,500 meter run by over five seconds. Perry crossed the finish line at 4:35.50, replacing her previous career best time of 4:40.90 set at the ACC Outdoor Championships.
On the men’s side, Carvin Nkanata won the men’s 400 meter finals in 47.09, while teammate Brycen Spratling took first in the 400 meter invitational with a record setting time of 45.22 on Friday night.
Another top performance for the Panthers was turned in by Evann Thompson in the women’s 800 meter finals, placing sixth overall (2:10.31).
Overall, Slaney, Spratling and Andrew Wells broke Pitt school records in the javelin, 400 meter and hammer, respectively during two day competition at Lannigan Field.
Pitt track and field will have little time to rest with outdoor championship season starting this Friday with the IC4A Championships up first on May 16-18, followed by the NCAA East Regional Championships and finally the NCAA Championships to wrap up the 2014 season.
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