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Panthers Put Forth Strong Showing at Early Bird Invitational

Kurt Barnhart

Kurt Barnhart

March 24, 2012

Complete Results

PITTSBURGH, Pa.--The University of Pittsburgh men's track and field team turned in six first-place finishes in the team's second meet of the outdoor season at the Early Bird Invitational held at California (Pa.) on Saturday.

"It was a good meet for us," Pitt head coach Alonzo Webb said. "The weather wasn't the best, but it held up for the most part. We had several top performances, which was good for our younger student-athletes."

In his first meet of the outdoor season, sophomore Brycen Spratling contributed to three first-place performances. Spratling won the meet crown in the 100-meter dash (10.95), while Micah Murray (11.11) and Aaron Turner (11.19) rounded out the top three in the same event.

Spratling also captured first in the 800-meter run (1:54.05). Senior Jermaine Lowery finished fourth overall (2:00.48) in the race.

Spratling would then anchor the 400-meter relay team to a top finish of 41.87. The squad included freshman Joshua Thompson, Murray and Turner.

Individually, Thompson finished second in the 110-meter hurdles (14.49), while sophomore Kevin Wilbank claimed third in the 200-meter dash (23.03).



Later, the 1,600-meter relay of Wilbank, senior Idris Kasumu, Turner and Thompson finished third (3:29.73).

In the field events, senior Kurt Barnhart led the Panthers with two first-place finishes, including the hammer (51.29 meters) and discus throws (46.60 meters).

Similarly, junior Dan Kwiatkowski took first in the shot put (15.85 meters), while sophomore Brad Rocco won the pole vault with a leap of 4.30 meters.

Rounding out the top-three finishes on the day, junior Josiah Rupert placed third in the javelin with a toss of 57.23 meters.

The Panthers will return to action next weekend as part of the team travels to Austin, Texas for the Texas Relays while others will compete in the Fred Hardy Invitational in Richmond, Va.


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