March 30, 2012
PITTSBURGH-Student-athletes from the University of Pittsburgh men’s track and field team competed at both the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, and the Fred Hardy Invitational in Richmond, Va. on Friday, March 30.
The Panthers turned in several Big East qualifying times in both meets.
At the Fred Hardy Invitational, senior Kurt Barnhart finished second in the hammer throw (50.80 meters) to qualify for the Big East Championships.
With another Big East qualifying throw, senior Dan Kwiatkowski finished fifth in the shot put (15.36 meters).
“I was very proud of how our athletes competed today,” Pitt throws coach Chip Brundage said. “Several of our throwers had breakout performances and set personal records.”
Meanwhile, at the Texas Relays, the 400-meter relay team of freshman Joshua Thompson, sophomores Micah Murray and Brycen Spratling and senior Antony Hobwana finished 15th with a time of 41.11. Hobwana also qualified for the Big East Championships in the 100-meter dash (10.83).
In the 100-meter hurdles, two Panthers set Big East qualifying marks as Thompson (14.20) and junior Tashaun Hill (14.43) finished 13th and 16th, respectively.
“We competed very well against some of the top athletes in the country at the Texas Relays,” Pitt head coach Alonzo Webb said. “It was a solid day for us.”
The Panthers will conclude competition in both meets on Saturday, March 31.