Aug. 6, 2014
PITTSBURGH - Former University of Pittsburgh track stars Brycen Spratling and Carvin Nkanata have taken their talents to the professional level and both have made an immediate impact.
Spratling, a two-time First-Team All-American at Pitt, competed in the 400 meter dash at the Cork City Sports International Athletics Meet on July 7 in Cork, Ireland, posting a time of 46.06 and finishing second in his heat. On July 11, he competed in the Morton Games in Dublin, Ireland, where he won the 400M with a time of 45.27. Spratling then ran the 300M in Liege, Belgium, on July 16, finishing fifth after running a 32.95. On July 19, he ran the 400m at the IAAF World Challenge-Meeting in Madrid, Spain, and placed fourth with a time of 45.61.
Spratling will next compete in the NACAC Under-23 Championships in Athletics representing Team USA (Aug. 8-10) in the 400M and 4x400 meter relay. Canada is the host country for the games, which will feature countries from North America, Central America and the Caribbean.
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Nkanata, who has been representing Kenya, ran the 200M at the Edmonton International Track Classic Open on July 5, finishing sixth overall with a time of 20.64. On July 13, he participated in the 100M and 400M at the Letterkenny Challenge in Ireland, then reached the semi-finals of the 200M at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. Nkanata just missed qualifying for the finals as he placed third in his heat with a time of 20.65.
Spratling and Nkanata will go down as two of the most illustrious runners in Pitt history. The duo has eight All-American accolades combined, and both won individual ACC titles this past season. Spratling is still the NCAA record holder for the 500 meter dash with a time of 1:00.37.