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Track and Field Team Readies for Spire Collegiate Invitational

Dan Kwiatkowski

Dan Kwiatkowski

Feb. 9, 2012

PITTSBURGH­ ­- The University of Pittsburgh men's track and field team resumes action in Geneva, Ohio this weekend, competing in the Spire Collegiate Invitational. The two-day event begins on Friday, Feb. 10.

"We're expecting that everyone will have outstanding performances and improve upon their marks," Pitt head coach Alonzo Webb said. "We're also trying to stay sharp this weekend and take care of injuries before heading into the Big East Championships."

Last weekend, the Panther's turned in numerous strong performances at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational. The two-day event hosted 130 collegiate teams, including some of the top competition in the country.

Two of the Panthers' relay teams claimed top-10 performances.  The 4x200M relay team posted the team's best finish of the meet, claiming sixth with a time of 1:28.56. The squad was composed of sophomore Micah Murray, seniors Jermaine Lowery and Kevin Wilbank and freshman Josh Mindlin.

The 4x800M relay team comprised of sophomore Sam Negley, junior Wesley Washington, freshman Kevin Hulbert and junior Kevin Hull finished seventh overall (7:40.63).



Individually, three Panthers turned in strong performances in the 400M dash. Murray, Lowery and Brycen Spratling finished ninth, 10th and 13th, respectively. 

"We want to be smart about how we approach these two weeks before the Big East Championships," Webb said. "Our hope is to use this weekend to qualify more of our athletes for the conference meet."


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