May 12, 2013
PRINCETON, N.J. - Junior Carvin Nkanata posted the nation's second fastest time and set a meet record en route to winning the 200 meter dash at the ECAC/IC4A Championship Meet on Sunday at Princeton University.
Nkanata, the 200 meter Big East champion, ran a career-best time of 20.32 on Sunday to capture his second championship title in the last two weeks. His time was the fastest in the nation until Ameer Webb from Texas A&M ran a 20.30 the SEC Championship Meet approximately one hour later.
Nkanata was just one of many Pitt athletes who had outstanding performances, including titles from Julia Koloski in the triple jump and the women's 4x100 meter relay team. Koloski posted a career mark of 12.90m (42-04.00 feet), and the team of Ashley Woodford, Jonnique Lawrence, Arielle Fonrose and Taranisha Taylor ran their top time of the season with a 44.68.
"I was excited by the performances this weekend," head coach Alonzo Webb said. "Our kids are coming along at the right time. Performing like this is a big confidence booster for them heading into NCAA Regionals, and I look forward to seeing what they can do in two weeks."
Other notable finishes included Jonnique Lawrence who shattered her personal-record in the 400 meter dash with a time of 52.62 and placed second overall, and Josiah Rupert who had a career-best throw of 60.59m (198-09 feet) in the javelin and finished third in Flight 1. The men's 4x100 meter relay team also set their top time of the season as Josh Mindlin, Nkanata, Micah Murray and Reginald Steele IV finished third overall with a time of 40.57.
The Panthers are off until May 22nd when they participate in the NCAA East Regional Meet in Greensboro N.C.