April 10, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Pitt men’s and women’s track and field teams will split-up and compete at both the Sea Ray Relays in Tennessee along with the Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic in Lewisberg, Pa. this weekend, April 11-13. These meets will be the final tune-up for the Panthers as they prepare for the ACC Championships next week.
Brycen Spratling and Carvin Nkanata highlight the men traveling to Knoxville as they are both looking to improve upon their results from last weekend at the Florida Relays where Spratling took sixth in the 400M and Nkanata placed fifth in the 200M. The two seniors will be busy as they both find themselves competing in four separate events. Similarly, sprinters Micah Murray and Desmond Palmer also will run in four events. This marks Palmer’s first outdoor event of the season, as he was previously sidelined with an injury.
Evann Thompson, Taranish Taylor and Khadeja Kearney headline the women at the Sea Ray Relays. At the Florida Relays last week, Thompson ran a sub one-minute 400M hurdle race, five seconds faster that her opening hurdle race last season. She will be competing in five races this weekend, whereas Taylor and Kearney look to be successful in all of their four separate events.
40 members of the track and field team will also be heading to the Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic this weekend. This competition will feature a combination of field and long-distance running events.
Senior Ashley Corum, who is competing in the 100M dash, 100M hurdles and long jump this weekend, took seventh place last weekend in the triple jump and will attempt to challenge that finish in these events. Sophmore Hillary Boxheimer, who finished 11th last week in the 3,000M steeplechase, is competing in the 3K and 5K and looks to garner top-ten finishes in both.
For the men, senior Ben Kisley and freshman Michael Runco both set new personal records in the 3,000M run last Friday at the Colonial Relays. Kisley, running the 10K, and Runco, competing in the 5K, will attempt to break those records once again.
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