Spratling announced as Regional Athlete of the Year on Monday.
June 10, 2014
PITTSBURGH - Senior sprinter Brycen Spratling has earned a lengthy list of impressive accolades, from First-Team All-American to a No. 3 ranking in the 400 meter heading into this year's NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Nationals. Spratling, who transferred to the University of Pittsburgh from Eastern Michigan prior to his sophomore year, has used his three seasons as a Panther to record win after win.
Spratling has taken the track world by storm and captured the attention of many others in the sport, as he was voted the Mid-Atlantic Region Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Association (USTFCCCA). It is a well-deserved recognition for the senior who has taken first place in all but one race this outdoor season in the men's 400 meter dash.
Spratling's impressive outdoor campaign for the Panthers was most recently highlighted by a first place finish in the 400 meter at the East Preliminary Regionals and the title in the same event at the ACC Outdoor Championships. His preliminary time of 45.09 seconds ranks him at No. 3 in this event in the Division I Men's Outdoor Track and Field.
Spratling also runs the anchor leg of the Pitt men's 4x400 meter relay - a relay team that is currently seeded No. 1 in the ACC and No. 5 nationally. The 4x4 relay team's success this outdoor season includes a silver medal in the ACC Outdoor Championships and the first place finish at the Penn Relays Championship of America, marking the first time in 75 years that the Panthers had won that title.
Spratling is now preparing for his final collegiate competition in Eugene, Oregon for the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Nationals on June 11-14. He will race in the 400 meter dash and anchor the men's 4x400 relay.
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