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Panthers Kick off 2014 at Penn State Relays

Carvin Nkanata broke his own 300-meter school record at the Kent State Golden Flash Gala before break.

Carvin Nkanata broke his own 300-meter school record at the Kent State Golden Flash Gala before break.

Jan. 10, 2014


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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh men’s and women’s track teams look to continue the momentum they built prior to winter break this Saturday in their first competition of 2014 at the Penn State Relays.

Coming off the Golden Flash Gala where school records were broken and multiple personal-bests were achieved, the Panthers will take a handful of student-athletes to the PSU Relays in search of similar results.

After a 1-2-3 finish in the 300M dash at Kent State, Carvin Nkanata, Brycen Spratling and Micah Murray headline the Pitt entries in the sprints. Nkanata won the 300M dash (32.60) for the second year in a row, breaking his own school record and career-best time of 33.13 set at the 2012 Golden Flash Gala.  

Nkanata and Murray will compete for Pitt in the 60M dash, while Spratling will participate in the 200M dash. Nkanata will look to improve upon his Kent State second place finish in the 60M (6.92) at this weekend’s PSU Relays.

“The event to look out for is the men’s 4x200M relay team who will look to break the NCAA record,” head coach Alonzo Webb said. “It’s a lofty goal but we have the athletes that can give it a good shot and hopefully achieve it.”

The Pitt men’s 4x200M relay teams will look to break the NCAA record of 1:24.70 set by Penn State at last year’s PSU Nationals. The Panthers are confident heading to State College after their 4x4 ‘A’ squad took first place in the event at the Golden Flash Gala with a time of 3:10.15.

The women’s 4x400M relay team also captured first at Kent State, posting a time of 3:49.30. Coach Webb is expecting strong performances in all areas for the women.

In the triple jump, the Panthers claimed the top-three spots at their last event, led by Julia Koloski, Ashley Corum took second place and Paige Lumley finished in third. Koloski will be the lone participant for Pitt in the women’s triple jump event on Saturday.   

For the throwers, Kalene Anderson, Brittany Lightfoot, Haley Springman and Andrew Wells will all compete in the weight throw, while Anderson, Springman and Wells are also entered in the shot put.  

Fans can stay up-to-date for Saturday’s meet at 10 a.m. by following @PittTFandXC on Twitter.