May 7, 2014
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia - After a successful showing at the Penn Relays, the University of Pittsburgh track and field team will head to Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend to compete in the Virginia Challenge. This will mark the Panther's first at this competition, and they are well prepared to face what will be a strong field that will include not only collegiate athletes, but also a number of professional, Olympic and All-American athletes.
"It's a meet we've never been to before," said head coach Alonzo Webb. "We have a couple athletes running in the prestigious invitational events to better their times for nationals. We will be focusing on individual events to better our marks and qualify for the ECAC, IC4A, Regionals and Nationals in the following weeks".
Four Panthers from the men's team will hit the track this weekend. Brycen Spratling and Carvin Nkanata will compete in the 400 meter dash, while Desmond Palmer and Dustin Fuller will both run the 400 meter hurdles.
Coming off a successful showing at the ACC Championship, Andrew Wells will represent the Panthers in both the discus and hammer throw events this weekend.
Looking at the women's competition, Evann Thompson will compete in the 800 meter, looking to finish with a time that will qualify for NCAA Nationals. After coming off a back injury earlier this season, Webb remarked, "She's looked really good in practice and is ready to run a really fast race this weekend."
Jessica Tongue-Coates is set to compete in the 100 meter dash for the Panthers. Rounding out the Panthers representing the University of Pittsburgh this weekend, Deanna Felicissimo, Cayla Del Piano and Joslin Sellers will all run the 1500 meter.
The Virginia Challenge begins Friday, May 9th and concludes Saturday May 10th(2 p.m. / 1 p.m.). Live results will be available by clicking here. For the latest updates, follow @PittTFandXC on Twitter or `like us' on Facebook under Pitt Track and Field.
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