June 8, 2013
EUGENE, Ore. – Junior Carvin Nkanata placed seventh in the finals of the 200 meter dash at the NCAA National Championship Meet and earned First Team All-American status on Saturday afternoon at Hayward Field on the campus of Oregon.
"I am so proud of Carvin," head coach Alonzo Webb said. "He came so far from the beginning of the season. It was great to see him out there representing himself and our university. He will continue to grow from this experience and he will be a force next season."
Running out of lane eight, Nkanata posted a time of 20.47 in the finals, his fourth fastest of the season. Ameer Webb of Texas A&M won the event in a time of 20.10, and was followed by Isiah Young (Ole Miss – 20.17), Bryshon Nellum (USC – 20.27), Anaso Jobodwana (Jackson State – 20.29), Aaron Brown (USC – 20.33), Justin Austin (Iowa – 20.45) and Charles Silmon (TCU – DNS).
The National Championship Meet was a culmination of a standout junior campaign for Nkanata; his first at Pitt. The Summersville, S.C. native won both the indoor and outdoor Big East 200 meter dash title, the IC4A title, and recorded a career-best time of 20.29 in the semifinals of the NCAA National Championship Meet on Thursday. He was a two-time Second Team Indoor All-American and is now a First Team Outdoor All-American after today’s race.
Brycen Spratling joins Nkanata with All-American honors after this week’s meet in Eugene. Spratling placed 16th in the 400 meter dash to earn second team honors.
The announced attendance for the four day event was 40,446.