Jan. 28, 2012
STATE COLLEGE, Pa.--In its biggest meet of the season to-date, the University of Pittsburgh men's track and field team turned in strong performances at the Penn State National Open. The two-day event hosted over 30 teams and 1,000 student-athletes and was held at Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track Facility.
The current world-leading 4x400M relay team of Micah Murray, Dontave Cowsette, Jermaine Lowery and Brycen Spratling finished second in the event with a time of 3:09.04. Despite the loss, the team still holds the world's fastest time of 3:07.33 that it set at the Penn State Nittany Lion Challenge two weeks ago.
"We responded well in a lot of areas," Pitt head coach Alonzo Webb said. "We viewed this meet as a benchmark for us, and we performed well. We're moving in the right direction. Our team motto this year has been to get better every day and we're doing that."
Individually, Lowery (47.34), Spratling (47.40) and Murray (47.46) placed sixth through eighth, respectively, in the 400M dash. All three of those times were faster than the previous school record of 47.59 shared by both Maurice Patterson (2000) and Sekou Dilday (1999). Lowery's time stands as the 18th-best finish in the nation.
The 4X800M relay team of Kevin Hull, Sam Negley, Wesley Washington and Kevin Wilbank turned in an impressive performance at fifth overall (7:54.80).
Later in the mile, Hull finished fourth with a personal record of 4:13.35, while Washington placed fifth in the 1000M run (2:30.55).
In another personal-best performance, freshman Joshua Thompson finished sixth in the 60M hurdles (7.89), while Cowsette was sixth in the 800M run (1:50.61).
In the long jump, sophomore Reginald Steele IV finished ninth with a leap of 6.88M. Additionally, senior Dan Kwiatkowski finished eighth in the shot put with a toss of 16.35M.
The Panthers return to action on Friday, Feb. 3 in the New Balance Collegiate Invitational, held in New York, N.Y.