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Feb. 19, 2012
NEW YORK--Sophomore Brycen Spratling was named the Most Outstanding Male Track Athlete of the Meet, as the University of Pittsburgh men's track and field team earned a third-place finish with 84.5 points at the BIG EAST Indoor Championships held at the Armory.
Pitt entered Sunday in 11th place with six points, but used a strong overall team effort and a record-setting performance by Spratling to climb the standings. Spratling won two individual events and became the first MOP for the Panthers since Justin Clickett in 2006.
"This was one of the best overall performances that we've had in quite awhile and I was very impressed with our team's effort," head coach Alonzo Webb said. "Overall this weekend was very positive for us."
Spratling earned the 500M dash title in impressive fashion, setting not only the current fastest time in the world, but a new American collegiate record at 1:00.63. That time eclipsed his school record from earlier this season. It also stands as the Big East meet and the Armory facility record.
Joining Spratling in the finals of the 500M dash, senior Jermaine Lowery finished fifth overall (1:01.95).
Spratling garnered the 200M dash crown with a time of 21.16. In the prelims, he crossed the finish line first at 21.21. Both of those times fell under Spratling's previous school record of 21.34.
Lowery and sophomore Micah Murray advanced to the finals of the 200M dash as well, finishing fourth and ninth, respectively.
To round out his busy day, Spratling finished sixth in the 60M dash finals (6.89) after running the same time in the prelims.
"Brycen was incredible," Webb said. "People who were there were watching the performance of a lifetime. What he did was incredible."
Spratling was also the first leg of the 4x400M relay team that earned All-Big East honors with a time of 3:13.59. Spratling was joined by Lowery and sophomores Reginald Steele IV and Daniel O'Toole on the relay.
Individually, Murray earned All-Big East honors in the 400M dash. He finished second overall in the event (47.10), a time that broke Lowery's previous school record of 47.34.
Senior Dontave Cowsette and freshman Joshua Thompson recorded All-Big East honors after capturing second in the 800M run (1:52.99) and third in the 60M hurdles (7.79), respectively.
Junior Tashaun Hill just missed the top three with a fourth-place effort in the 60M hurdles (7.88).
The Panthers' distance medley relay team of juniors Wesley Washington and Kevin Hull and sophomores O'Toole and Sam Negley finished fourth with a mark of 9:56.83. Additionally, the 4x800M relay team of Negley, Washington, Cowsette and Hull finished fifth with a time of 7:34.10.
In the field events, senior Folarin Ijelu recorded All-Big East honors with a leap of 15.03M for third.
Senior Dan Kwiatkowski finished fifth in the shot put with a throw of 17.20M, while senior Kurt Barnhart finished ninth in the weight throw (17.27M).
Steele placed eighth in the long jump (6.94M), while freshman Luke Gallaher turned in a top-10 finish in the high jump (1.94M).
Men's Final Scores
1. Notre Dame, 131
2. Connecticut, 103
3. Pittsburgh, 84.50
4. Villanova, 83
5. USF, 74.50
6. Rutgers, 70
7. Syracuse, 57
8. Georgetown, 42.50
9. Providence, 33
11. Louisville, 28.50
12. DePaul, 26
13. Cincinnati, 13