April 17, 2012
PITTSBURGH-Following his record-breaking weekend at the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn., University of Pittsburgh sophomore sprinter Brycen Spratling has been named Men’s Big East Track Athlete of the Week.
Spratling set the school record in the 400-meter dash with his first place time of 46.03 in the competitive Sea Ray Showcase. Spratling eclipsed Karl Farmer’s school record time of 46.34 that had stood since 1975. Spratling’s time was a personal best and currently ranks No. 9 in the country and first in the Big East this year.
“It’s an honor to me for be recognized by the conference,” Spratling said. “For a season-opening race in the 400-meter dash it was a good opening race and is a good time to build on. Hopefully I keep getting faster as the season goes on.”
The Webster, N.Y., native also competed as part of Pitt’s 400-meter relay team that crossed the finish line third with a season-best time of 40.61. He also finished third in the 200-meter dash (21.21).
For his efforts, Spratling received the Tony Wilson Award as the Sea Ray Relays’ most outstanding men’s track athlete.
“I expected Brycen to run well because I know what he’s capable of,” Pitt head coach Alonzo Webb said. “Every time he goes out there, he wants to do well because he’s a competitor.”
Spratling also earned Men’s Big East Track Athlete of the Week honors during the indoor season on Jan. 17, 2012 after setting two school records at the Penn State Nittany Lion Challenge.
Spratling joins Pitt senior sprinter Cambrya Jones as Big East Track Athlete of the Week as she earned the women’s award.