Jan. 17, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh men’s and women’s track teams are heading back to State College, Pa. this Saturday, January 18, to compete at the Nittany Lion Challenge.
The Panthers will be returning to Horace Ashenfelter Indoor Track just a week after completing a successful showing at the Penn State Relays. Pitt left State College with a new school record in the men’s 4x200M relay, placed first in three events, along with numerous career-best times.
Joining Pitt and Penn State at this weekend’s meet is: Cornell, Georgetown, Miami (FL), Ohio State, Iowa State and South Florida.
Carvin Nkanata, Brycen Spratling, Josh Mindlin and Micah Murray won the 4x200M relay in 1:24.91 en route to breaking the school record of 1:27.00, set in 1995. This weekend, the Panthers will shift their focus to the 4x400M relay with Brylan Slay, Murray, Spratling and Demond Palmer competing on the ‘A’ team and Dustin Fuller, Chris Spadaro, Josh McDonald and and Mindlin running for the ‘B’ team. Pitt will look to improve on last weekend’s second place finish in the 4x400M relay (3:17.66).
Pitt is currently ranked sixth in the NCAA Division I Indoor men’s 4x400M relay with a time of 3:10.15, while Penn State falls close behind as the seventh ranked relay team (3:11.58). The Panthers will look to move up in the rankings this Saturday and strive to beat the top time of 3:06.11 set by Florida at the UAB Blazer Invitational.
In the hurdles, Palmer will try to improve his third place finish a week ago in the men’s 60 MH. For the women, Taranisha Taylor will look to win the women’s 60 meter hurdles after a second place finish behind Penn State’s Evonne Britton last week. The difference of 0.12 seconds is what stood between Britton’s first place time of 8.27 and Taylor’s second place finish (8.39).
Taylor will be one of Pitt’s 53 track student-athletes competing at this weekend’s Nittany Lion Challenge. The women will have 30 representatives, while the men will travel 23 participants to the meet.
Ashley Corum will again compete in both the women’s long and triple jump. Corum launched her way into two third place finishes last Saturday in each event. For the men’s side, Spadaro will also compete in both events. Spadaro will try to move past his ninth place finish in the long jump from the Penn State Relays.
For throws, Andrew Wells will focus all his energy on the men’s weight throw event, while Brittany Lightfoot will compete for a second weekend in a row in the women’s shot put and weight throw. Wells and Lightfoot both took third place finishes in the weight throw at the PSU Relays.
Hillary Boxheimer and Rachel Brown will take on the 3,000M run for the women’s distance squad. Rich Addison, Alex Archer, Chris Pastore and Michael Runco are running in the same event for the men’s side this Saturday.
Fans can follow live updates for Saturday’s meet on Twitter by following: @PittTFandXC.
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