May 31, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Florida – The Pitt Track and Field team is officially set for Eugene, Oregon as they qualify in five events for the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Nationals. Representing for the Panthers will be Evann Thompson in the women’s 400 meter hurdles, Desmond Palmer in the men’s 400 meter hurdles, Carvin Nkanata in the men’s 200 meter dash and Brycen Spratling in the men’s 400 meter dash.
The men’s 4x400 meter relay team of Micah Murray, Nkanata, Palmer and Spratling also punched their tickets to Nationals on Saturday evening. The 4x4 team put on another show with a time of 3:03.64, which is .20 seconds off their season best record. Spratling anchored the Panthers into victory with a secured spot to nationals. The Pitt 4x4 team placed first in their heat followed by ACC rivals North Carolina and Florida State. The 4x4 team will enter nationals ranked fourth overall from the East region.
Nkanata also advances forward to nationals with a 20.76 second effort in the 200 meter quarterfinals. The ACC Indoor and Outdoor Champion will look to return home with a national title in the 200 meter at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in two weeks.
Senior Ashley Corum closes an impressive outdoor campaign with a final jump of 12.60 meters (41’4.25”) in the women’s triple jump on Saturday. Corum fell short of this year’s NCAA Nationals, but her outstanding Panther resume remains as an eight time conference qualifier and Big East Triple Jump Champion.
Luke Gallaher completes the men’s high jump competition with a height of 2.10 meters (6’10.75”). Gallaher’s jump matches his personal record set at this past season’s ACC Outdoor Championships.
The two-time outdoor school record holder Andrew Wells finished his season with a final throw of 55.02 meters in the men’s discus event. Wells placed 18th overall and just missed the top-16 mark for the discus throw finals.
The five Panthers heading to Eugene will get one more week of training before competition begins on Wednesday, June 11 through Saturday, June 14. For the latest updates on the Panthers as they prepare for NCAA Nationals, fans can follow @PittTFandXC on Twitter or `like us' on Facebook under Pitt Track and Field.
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