Jan. 5, 2012
PITTSBURGH –After nearly a month-long hiatus, the University of Pittsburgh men’s track and field team travels to State College, Pa. for the Penn State Relays on Saturday, Jan. 7 (10 a.m.). Other invited teams include Lock Haven, Penn State, Rider, Robert Morris, St. Francis, St. Joseph’s, St. Peter’s and UMBC.
“We always have expectations to compete at a high level,” head coach Alonzo Webb said. “This weekend we want to do that and be competitive.”
The Panthers opened the 2011-12 season with a strong start at the Golden Flash Gala hosted by Kent State on December 9-10. Several members of the team earned Big East qualifying times.
Senior Jermaine Lowery claimed the nation’s fasted time in the 500M dash. Lowery won the event with a time of 1:03.82, earning a Big East qualifying time. Lowery also assisted the 4x400M relay team to a second-place performance, with teammates senior Dontave Cowsette and sophomores Micah Murray and Brycen Spratling. The relay team crossed the finish line at 3:11.48.
Cowsette and Spratling claimed first and second-place, respectively, in the 800M run. Sophomore Sam Negley finished close behind in the same event.
In the weight throw, seniors Kurt Barnhart and Dan Kwiatkowski qualified for the Big East meet. Barnhart earned a Big East qualifying record by tossing 16.72M, while Kwiatkowski recorded a career best throw of 15.97M.
Freshman Luke Gallaher won the high jump in the heptathlon with a height of 60-feet-11 inches in his first collegiate meet.