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Panthers Set to Compete in Nittany Lion Challenge

Jan. 13, 2012

Pittsburgh- The University of Pittsburgh men’s track and field team will look to build off its strong showing last weekend at the Penn State Relays when it returns to State College, Pa. for the Penn State Nittany Lion Challenge on Saturday, Jan. 14.

The meet is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. and includes Albany, Cornell, Maryland and host Penn State in the Panthers’ first scored meet of the season.

“We head back to a great facility at Penn State this weekend and there will be very good competition at this meet,” head coach Alonzo Webb said. “We’re looking forward to this weekend and I know there will be some great results coming out of the meet.”

Sophomore Brycen Spratling will look to continue his success at Penn State, where last week he set a school record in the 500M dash. Spratling crossed the finish line at 1:01.86, which is also currently the fastest time in the nation.

Also contributing first place performances last weekend were sophomore Aaron Turner in the 60M dash and freshman Luke Gallaher in the high jump.

Gallaher won with a leap of 2.04M in only the second meet of his career.

Turner crossed the finish line in 6.92 seconds in the 60M and fellow sophomore Reginald Steele IV came in second (6.97).

The 4x400M relay team of Micah Murray, Jermaine Lowery, Dontave Cowsette and Spratling crossed the finish line in second place (3:09.68), breaking the previous Penn State Relays record and posting the top time in the Big East.





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