Feb. 9, 2013
GENEVA, Ohio - Brycen Spratling and Carvin Nkanata finished second and third in the 400 meter dash and helped the Panthers finish second in the 4x400 meter relay on Saturday at the SPIRE Collegiate Invitational.
Spratling ran a time of 46.30, which was his second fastest time of the season. Nkanata's time of 46.31 was a personal record. Spratling and Nkanata rank fourth and fifth nationally in that event and have set themselves up to run that event in the NCAA National Championship meet. David Verburg of Geroge Mason won the event in 45.83, which is currently the nation's top time.
Spratling and Nkanata were also a part of the 4x400 meter relay team which posted the 10th fastest time in the nation this afternoon. Olivier Philogene ran the opening leg, which was followed by Micah Murray. Nakanata was the third leg, while Spratling anchored the team which finished second overall with a time of 3:08.54. George Mason won the event in a time of 3:07.29.
Other notable performances were Charles Ross in the 600 meter run who ran a career-best time of 1:20.68 and finished eighth overall and Andrew Wells in the weight throw who had his second best distance of 58-07.50.
On the women's side, Taranisha Taylor made the finals of the 60 meter hurdles and finished ninth overall with a time of 8.57. She ran a career-best time of 8.53 of in the prelims.
Jonnique Lawrence was fifth overall in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.48, and also ran a season-best time of time of 23.77 in the 200 meter dash as she placed sixth overall. Brittany Lightfoot had a season-best throw of 13.60m in the women's weight throw. She finished 15th overall.
This weekend's meet was held at the SPIRE Institute which will be the site of next weekend's Big East Championship Meet.