March 9, 2012
NAMPA, Idaho- Three University of Pittsburgh track and field athletes turned in impressive performances on Friday at the NCAA Indoor National Championships at Jackson’s Indoor Track.
Sophomore Brycen Spratling set another new school record, breaking his mark in the 400M dash with a time of 46.13 in the prelims. He advanced to the finals by finishing third in the field of 15. The finals are scheduled for Saturday, March 10 at 8:55 p.m. (all times Eastern).
Spratling’s previous school record of 46.27 was set at the USATF National Championships in Albuquerque N.M. two weeks ago against some of the premier professional and collegiate competition in the nation.
In the women’s 400M dash, freshman Taylor Ellis-Watson advanced to the finals by finishing fifth (53.12) in the competitive field of 16. She will run on Saturday at 9:05 p.m.
Senior Cambrya Jones finished 10th in the 200M dash with a mark of 23.55. Jones holds the school record in the event with a mark of 23.47 and won the gold medal at the Big East Championships in February.
Ellis-Watson and Jones are the first members of the Pitt women’s track team to compete in the NCAA Indoor National meet since Marissa Dudek and Maureen McCandless qualified in 2006.
The men’s 4x400M relay team of Spratling, sophomore Micah Murray and seniors Dontave Cowsette and Jermaine Lowery will run Saturday at 10:25 p.m. They enter the race with a qualifying time of 3:05.35, the fourth-fastest time in the nation.
The meet, hosted by Boise State University, will be streamed live on ESPN3 starting at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday.