Junior Carvin Nkanata
March 6, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Four members of the University of Pittsburgh men's track and field team will participate in the NCAA Indoor National Championship Meet this weekend at the Randal Tyson Track Center on the campus of the University of Arkansas.
Coming off a season-best 45.92 in the 400 and winning the event at the Alex Wilson Last Chance Meet hosted by Notre Dame last week, Spratling enters the race as one of the favorites to win the title. He currently has the fourth fastest time in the nation and he is one of four athletes in the country to go sub-46 this season.
As the top-16 times from across the nation compete in the championship event, Nkanata is currently tied for 13th in the 400 and will run alongside Spratling. Nkanata posted a time of 46.31 at the SPIRE Invitational in early February, which at the time was the fifth fastest in the country.
Deon Lendore of Texas A&M has the top time in the nation of 45.15 at the SEC Championship Meet.
The Pitt 4x400 meter relay team won the Big East title three weeks ago as Murray, Spratling, Philogene and Nkanata, in that order, ran a new championship meet record time of 3:07.32. That currently has them ranked 10th in the nation. Texas A&M has the top team in the country at 3:04.18, while Florida, Arkansas, Florida State and Nebraska round out the top five. Pitt will be the only Big East representative in the 4x400.
All four Pitt athletes competing this weekend won a Big East championship title in February as Spratling captured the 500 meter dash in an NCAA record time of 1:00.37. Nkanata won the 200 meter dash in meet record time of 21.04, and the 4x400 team also set a meet record in 3:07.32.
ESPN3 will stream the NCAA Championship Meet live beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 8th, and 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 9th. Anyone with an .edu e-mail address is able to obtain access to ESPN3 at no cost, and others can log-in using their specific cable provider. NCAA.com will stream supplemental coverage as available when ESPN3 is not live. Additionally, ESPNU will air a tape-delayed two hour show at 7:00 p.m., Sunday, March 17.