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Nkanata Named Big East Track Athlete of the Week




Feb. 12, 2013

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - After running the nation's fifth fastest 400 meter dash time, junior Carvin Nkanata has been named the Big East Track Athlete of the Week, as announced by league officials on Tuesday afternoon.

Nkanata posted a time of 46.31 at the SPIRE Invitational and finished the race third overall. Teammate Brycen Spratling was one tenth of a second ahead of him at 46.30, while David Verburg of George Mason won the event with the nation's fastest time of the season at 45.83.

Nkanata has now set himself up to run the 400 meter dash at the NCAA Indoor National Championship Meet, assuming his time will remain one of the top-16 in the nation. The University Arkansas is the site of the NCAA Championship Meet which will take place March 8-9.

Also at the SPIRE Invitational, Nkanata won the unseeded section of the 200 meter dash with a career-best time of 21.58. He was also a part of the 4x400 meter relay team that finished second overall and ran the nation's 11th fastest time of 3:08.54.

Nkanata and the University of Pittsburgh men's and women's track and field teams are set to run at the Big East Championship Meet this coming weekend. The meet will at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio - the same venue that Pitt ran at last weekend.