Feb. 4, 2012
NEW YORK--Competing in one of the biggest meets in the nation to-date, the University of Pittsburgh men's track and field team turned in numerous strong performances at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational.
Held at The Armory, the two-day event hosted 130 collegiate teams, including some of the top competition in the country.
"Overall, the men's team performed well despite a couple injuries," Pitt head coach Alonzo Webb said. "We bounced back and everyone competed strong against several well-respected teams this weekend."
The 4x200M relay team posted the best finish of the meet for the Panthers, claiming sixth with a time of 1:28.56. The squad was composed of sophomore Micah Murray, seniors Jermaine Lowery and Kevin Wilbank and freshman Josh Mindlin.
In another top-10 performance, the 4x800M relay team comprised of sophomore Sam Negley, junior Wesley Washington, freshman Kevin Hulbert and junior Kevin Hull finished seventh overall at 7:40.63.
The 4x400M relay team did not compete due to injuries but currently holds the fourth-best time in the world (3:07.33).
Individually, the Panthers turned in three strong performances in the 400M dash as Murray (47.84), Lowery (47.86) and Brycen Spratling
(48.11) finished ninth, 10th
Later, Spratling crossed the 200M dash finish line in ninth place (21.62).
Freshman Joshua Thompson finished 12th in the 60M hurdles finals (7.93).
Competing against runners from other eastern schools, junior Andrew Cerrito finished second in the 3,000M run with a personal best (8:37.90).
Washington finished 18th in the 800M run (1:55.39) while Negley finished 19th in the 500M race (1:05.93).
In the triple jump, sophomore Reginald Steele IV finished 18th with a leap of 13.71M.
The team returns to action next weekend when it travels to Geneva, Ohio for the Spire Collegiate Invitational.