April 30, 2014
NEW ORLEANS – After a weekend of record setting performances at the Penn Relays, the University of Pittsburgh men’s track and field team has jumped in the national rankings since the outdoor preseason poll was released a month ago on March 25.
The latest rankings, released on Monday, April 28, mark the Pitt men as the No. 20 team in the country, according to the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s (USTFCCA) updated computer rankings. This is a dramatic leap from last month’s rankings, which has the Panthers in the No. 45 spot.
Pittsburgh leads the ACC men’s with the No. 20 ranking, followed by No. 22 Notre Dame, No. 23 Georgia Tech, and No. 25 North Carolina.
The men’s 4x400 meter relay team led the charge at the Penn Relays with a first place finish in the Championship of America. On the 75th anniversary of Pitt’s last victory in this particular event, Micah Murray, Carvin Nkanata, Desmond Palmer and anchor Brycen Spratling took the crown and also broke the school record with a new time of 3:03.44.
The 4x200 meter relay team of Dustin Fuller, Murray, Nkanata and Spratling also competed in the Championship of America, where they, too, set a new school record with a time of 1:22.66 – a finishing mark that earned them a fifth place finish.
The Florida Gators are currently the nation’s top team, followed by Texas A&M, Arkansas and Oregon. The Oregon Ducks will host the NCAA Outdoor Championships on June 11-14.
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