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Panthers Set to Open Outdoor Season at UNC Relays and Wake Forest Open

Andrew Wells

Andrew Wells

March 21, 2014

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The University of Pittsburgh track and field team is coming off a very impressive indoor campaign after finishing in the top-15 at the NCAA Indoor Championship Meet. That success does not mean there is a break for the Panthers, as the teams are set to open the 2014 outdoor season this weekend at the UNC Relays and Wake Forest Open. 

Pitt stacked on the accolades throughout the indoor season by the lead of First-Team All-Americans Carvin Nkanata, Brycen Spratling, Micah Murray and Desmond Palmer. This record setting 4x4 meter relay team ran into fourth-place overall at the NCAA Indoor Championship Meet.

Both Spratling and Nkanata achieved All-American status in individual events, as Spratling finished sixth  in the men’s 400 meter dash finals (46.08) and Nkanata captured third for the 200 meter dash finals (20.52). Nkanata’s time also gives him recognition for the fourth fastest time in the world. The senior sprinter previously won the ACC Championship title in the 200 meter dash, making him the first student-athlete in school history to win the 200 meter title in two different conferences. 

The Panthers will look to build upon this year’s success this weekend, with a strong team of the distance runners competing in the Wake Forest Open, as the remainder of the Pitt Track and Field team is scheduled to participate in the UNC Relays.

For the men, Andrew Wells will continue his stellar sophomore campaign by competing in both the discus and hammer throws at the UNC Relays. At the Indoor ACC Championships, Wells experienced his most recent success in the men’s weight throw competition, setting a new school record and lifetime best throw of 20.20 meters en route to second place.  

In the field events, senior Ashley Corum and Reggie Steele will lead the jumpers, while sophomore Zoey Whittington and junior Josh Mindlin will represent Pittsburgh’s top sprinters.

Both the UNC Relays and Wake Forest Open will begin on Friday, March 21st and the competition will conclude on Saturday, March 22ndFans can find updates by following @PittTFandXC on Twitter or ‘like us’ on Facebook at Pitt Track and Field