April 14, 2012
PITTSBURGH-The University of Pittsburgh men’s track and field team concluded competition at the 46th annual Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn., in record-breaking fashion.
Sophomore Brycen Spratling set the school record in the 400-meter dash with his first place mark of 46.03 in the Sea Ray Showcase, breaking Karl Farmer’s time of 46.34 that had stood since 1975.
Spratling won the Tony Wilson Award as the meet’s most outstanding men’s track athlete for his performance at Tom Black Track and LaPorte Stadium.
“We had a really good meet,” Pitt head coach Alonzo Webb said. “We definitely held our own in the showcase events. It was nice to see them perform so well. Some of the things we’re starting to do now are not surprising at all, we’re starting to expect them.”
Sophomore Micah Murray finished right behind Spratling in second in the 400-meter dash with a Big East qualifying time of 47.26.
Spratling and Murray were two of seven Panthers to compete in the Sea Ray Showcase, a part of the meet that featured only the top heats in nine events.
Senior Jermaine Lowery won the 400-meter hurdles showcase with a mark of 50.86.
In the 1,600 meter showcase, seniors Dontave Cowsette, Jerome Lowery, Antony Hobwana and Jermaine Lowery crossed the finish line first (3:08.22)
The men’s 400-meter relay team of freshman Joshua Thompson
, Hobwana, Spratling and Murray finished third in the showcase with a season-best mark of 40.61.
In the 800-meter run showcase, Cowsette finished second (1:50.96) while senior Ben Hatch (1:52.49) and sophomore Sam Negley (1:53.10) finished sixth and seventh, respectively. Cowsette and Negley’s times were Big East qualifiers.
The 800-meter relay team composed of Jerome Lowery, Jermaine Lowery, Hobwana and Murray finished second with a time of 1:26.08.
Junior Kevin Hull finished seventh in the 1,500-meter run showcase (3:55.87).
Sophomore Reginald Steele IV finished fifth in the long jump with a leap of 7.28 meters to qualify for the Big East Championships. In the javelin, junior Josiah Rupert finished eighth (49.44 meters).