May 17, 2014
PRINCETON, N.J. — The Pitt track and field team opens championship season in impressive fashion at the ECAC/IC4A Championship Meet. Throwers Andrew Wells and Haley Springman stood out among the competition with two new school records in the hammer throw and discus, respectively.
Wells reset his own school record on his first throw and then went on to break his record another two times in the hammer throw. It was only a week ago for Wells when he first reset the school record at the Virginia Challenge with a throw of 58.82 meters. Wells success repeated again on Saturday with three back-to-back distances good enough to break his prior Virginia record. Wells first threw for 59.17 meters, then his second throw went 59.48 meters and a final recorded distance of 60.17 meters.
Springman represented for the women with a new personal and school record of 51.29 meters in the discus throw, placing second overall in the ECAC. The junior thrower improved upon her previous personal best throw of 50.80 meters, which was set at the ACC Outdoor Championships. Springman now ranks No. 21 in the East Region standings.
Also in the throws, Taylor Slaney took fourth in the ECAC javelin event with a recorded throw of 44.97 meters.
Senior sprinters Brycen Spratling and Carvin Nkanata again highlighted for the Panthers as they both advance to finals in their respective events. Spratling advance to the IC4A finals in the 200-meter dash with a time of 20.92 seconds, as he took first in his heat. Nkanata will also move onto the Sunday finals in the 100-meter dash after finishing in 10.39 seconds in semis.
Senior Micah Murray will take his turn in the IC4A 400-meter finals after a 46.70 time in the Saturday trials. Freshman Desmond Palmer performed well in his primary event of the 400-meter hurdles with a preliminary mark of 51.88 seconds, good enough to compete in the finals.
On the women’s side, Jessica Tongue-Coates impresses once again in the 100-meter dash event with a recorded semi time of 11.80 seconds. She will be representing for the women as she competes in the Sunday 100-meter finals.
Evann Thompson will compete in the women’s ECAC 400-meter hurdle finals following a preliminary time of 59.92 seconds.
The Panthers continued their success in the relay events with the women’s 4x800-meter relay progressing into the Sunday finals as the first Pitt relay team of the day. Cayla Del Piano, Joslin Sellers, Morgan Perry and Sarah Kochinsky turned in a season best run, 8:57.41. The 4x800 team advances through to the relay finals.
The men’s 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams are officially moving on to the finals with trial times of 40.48 seconds and a 3:09.40, respectively. Reggie Steele, Nkanata, Murray and Spratling push forward to final 4x1 event. Palmer, Dustin Fuller, Murray and Spratling advanced their way into the 4x4 finals.
The Sunday finals will start at 9 a.m., and fans can find the latest updates on all the ECAC/IC4A Championship action by following @PittTFandXC on Twitter.