New Orleans - University of Pittsburgh track and field senior sprinter Brycen Spratling has received Male Performer of the Week by the ACC and honorable mention by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Spratling earned ACC Male Performer of the Week for the second consecutive week. He is also one of three Division I male track and field athletes to be recognized for this past weekend's record-breaking performances.
Spratling's recognition comes after his successful weekend at the Armory Invite. He won the individual 500M dash, in addition to running the anchor legs of the Panthers' victorious 4x400 and 4x200 meter relay teams. He returned to Pittsburgh with the 500M collegiate-leading time of 1:00.85, the fourth fastest in NCAA history.
"This type of recognition means a lot to Brycen, because he wants to get his name out there on the national stage," Head Coach Alonzo Webb said. "His goal is to get nominated for the Bowerman Award, which is like the Heisman Trophy of Track and Field. This most recent award is a good first step toward that goal.
"This also means a lot to our program, because it's a big deal to at least get a mention on the national level," Webb added. "It's a great feeling to have Brycen receive recognition in addition to already being named ACC Male Performer of the Week. Both Brycen and Carvin Nkanata received that honor within a matter of about two weeks. I think there will be more awards to come for our athletes, and Brycen's most recent mention by the USTFCCCA is something really special."
Spratling first received recognition for his solid showings this season last week when he was chosen for his first ACC Male Performer Award following his performances at the Penn State National Invitational. The senior sprinter currently holds school records in three individual indoor events and two relays: the 400M, 500M, 600M individual sprints and 4x2 and 4x4M relays.
Spratling will continue his campaign for the Bowerman Award this weekend at the SPIRE Invitational in Geneva, Ohio. For the latest updates on Spratling and the rest of Pitt Track and Field, follow @PittTFandXC on Twitter or `like us' on Facebook under Pitt Track and Field.