Feb. 18, 2014
PITTSBURGH - University of Pittsburgh track and field sprinter Brycen Spratling has been named the ACC Male Performer of the Week for the third time in as many weeks for his recent performance at the SPIRE Collegiate Invitational in Geneva, Ohio.
The senior sprinter ran the nation's second fastest time and the third fastest time in the world this year after posting a 45.57 in the 400M dash. That time also marks Spratling's career-best along with a new school, facility and meet record.
Spratling broke his previous personal-best time in the 400M dash of 45.82 which he set in 2012 at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Along with running a career-best time of 45.57 this weekend, Spratling also anchored the 4x400 relay team of Micah Murray, Carvin Nkanata and Desmond Palmer which ran a winning-time of 3:07.98, edging out Illinois, who posted a 3:08.50 this weekend.
The Webster, N.Y., native has received his fair share of accolades recently as this marks his third consecutive ACC male performer of the week award along with garnering honorable mention by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for his performance last week at the Armory Invite.
Spratling's name is now amongst the best in the country for the 400M dash as he ranks second with his time of 45.57. Deon Lendore of Texas A&M holds the top spot with a 45.47; Lendore placed second in the 400M dash at the NCAA Outdoor National Championships in June. Rounding out the top five is Arman Hall of Florida, Vernon Norwood of LSU and Neil Braddy of Arkansas. Spratling is from the only non-SEC team who has a student-athlete in the top five.
The Panthers track and field teams return to action this weekend at the USATF Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. For the latest news on the Pittsburgh Panthers Track and Field teams, follow the official Twitter feed: @PittTFandXC or `like us' on Facebook: Pitt Track and Field.
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