Aug. 11, 2014
KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Former University of Pittsburgh track and field standout Brycen Spratling took first place in both the 400 meter dash and the 4x400 meter relay while competing for Team USA in the 2014 NACAC U-23 Championship held at the Kamloops Track and Field Club this past weekend.
In the 400M, Spratling posted a winning time of 45.18 in the finals on Saturday after qualifying with a 46.37 in prelims the day before. He took a commanding lead quickly in the championship heat, and crossed the line ahead of Texas A&M’s Bralon Taplin by .34 seconds. With his time, Spratling topped the 400M mark that placed him fourth in the nation at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and crowned him ACC Outdoor Champion (45.49) for the 2014 Outdoor season by .31 seconds.
On Sunday, Spratling joined Najee Glass (Florida), Akeem Alexander (Sequoias) and Vernon Norwood (LSU) to compose the winning US 4x400 relay team competing in the event finals. Facing teams from Jamaica and host Canada, the quartet raced to a winning time of 3:04.34. Spratling took the baton during the team’s second leg, matching Glass’ lead split to maintain a two-stride advantage.
Over 500 athletes from 31 countries gathered to compete in the 8th incarnation of the three-day event. USA Track and Field’s 79 representatives combined to take 31 gold medals and 63 total medals.