Feb. 16, 2013
GENEVA, Ohio - Senior Elizabeth Kline won the Big East women's Pentathlon title and Carvin Nkanata set a Big East Championship meet record in the 200 meter dash to highlight day one of competition at the Big East Championship Meet at the SPIRE Institute.
Kline captured Pitt's 10th pentathlon title in program history and the first since 2005 as she posted a career-best score of 3,927. Kline won three of the five events, including the 60 meter hurdles (8.75), the 800 meter run (2:16.95) and the long jump (5.64m). She set personal records in all three events, and then reset her personal-best in the individual 60 meter hurdles as she qualified for the finals on Sunday.
Nkanata set the championship meet record in the 200 meter dash as he won the prelims with a career-best 21.13. He will be the top seed in tomorrow's final, while teammate Brycen Spratling finished third in prelims with a time of 21.28 and also run in the finals. Spratling is the defending the 200 meter dash champion.
Jonnique Lawrence will be the top seed in the women's 200 meter dash as she ran a career-best of 23.71 in the prelims. She also tied her personal-best time of 7.44 in the 60 meter dash and finished second overall in prelims. Funmi Alabi will join Lawrence in the 60 meter dash final as she qualified with a 7.56.
Arielle Fonrose went 55.44 in the 400 meter dash and is seeded sixth for the finals tomorrow. Brittany Lightfoot recorded a new career-best in the weight throw with a seventh place finish and a distance of 17.96m.
Spratling along with Charles Ross qualified for the finals in the 500 meter dash in times of 1:03.00 and 1:04.06. Spratling looks to defend his Big East Championship title and his NCAA record in tomorrow's final.
Action continues tomorrow on the final day of the championship meet. Fans can follow live results by clicking here.