April 4, 2014
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Selected members of the Pitt men's and women's track and field teams will compete at the Florida Relays on Friday and Saturday, while the majority of the team heads to the Colonial Relays hosted by William and Mary or the CMU Quad Meet held at Carnegie Mellon.
Brycen Spratling will represent the men in Florida as he competes in the 400 meter dash on Friday afternoon. Also, running for the men in Florida will be Carvin Nkanata (200 meter), Micah Murray (400 meter), Desmond Palmer (110 meter hurdles) and Luke Gallaher (high jump).
Sophomore Taranisha Taylor will represent the women in Gainesville as she participates in the 100 meter dash and 100 meter hurdles. Along with Taylor, Jordan Hoyt, Evann Thompson and Ashley Corum will make the trip for the Florida Relays.
After their second outdoor meet of the season last weekend at the Raleigh Relays, the Panthers look for more top finishes this week. Pitt won the men's 100 meter dash competition as Nkanata captured the title for the men, while the 4x400 meter relay team of Dustin Fuller, Murray, Josh McDonald and Spratling took first in their heat and third overall for the Panthers.
Spratling was especially impressive in anchoring the 4x4 relay as he advanced his way from fourth to first with a 45.37 split time.
The Panthers also had numerous top-5 performances last weekend, including the school-record breaking throw in the men's hammer throw event with a distance 58.40 meters (191.60 feet) at the UNF Invitational. Wells placed third in the event, which broke his previous record of 56.32 meters set at the 2013 Big East Championship.
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