Dec. 11, 2012
PITTSBURGH - Not only were school records broken last weekend at the Golden Flash Gala hosted by Kent State University, the Pitt men's and women's track and field teams posted some of the fastest times in the nation.
Junior Carvin Nkanata ran the nation's fastest men's 300 meter dash time en route to setting a new Pitt school record in a time of 33.13. Nkanata broke a record that lasted 25 years at Pitt, and in the process, became the eighth fastest performer in the history of that event. He also set the Kenyan national record in the process.
Nkanata was a part of the winning 4x400 meter relay team at the Golden Flash Gala as well. The team, which also included Micah Murray, Benjamin Hatch and Olivier Philogene, ran the third fastest time in the nation as they finished in 3:11.00.
The women's 300 meter dash school record also fell last weekend as Jonnique Lawrence set the new mark by winning the event in a time of 38.20.
Funmi Alabi and Lawrence rank seventh and eighth in the 60 meter dash as the duo went 1-2 at last weekend's meet in times of 7.42 and 7.44, respectively.
Triple jumper Ashley Corum captured the top spot at Kent State with a distance of 39-10.75 feet, which is currently the fourth best jump in the country. Arielle Fonrose ranks 10th nationally after her second place finish in the 200 meter dash in a time of 24.73.
Just missing the top-10 in the national ranks, the women's 4x400 team of Fonrose, Alabi, Lawrence and Evann Thompson rank 11th with a time of 33:47.13, while Natalie Ryan ranks 12th in the pentathlon as she accumulated 3,429 points and finished second at Kent State.
The men and the women each won five events at the Golden Flash Gala and combined to reach 15 Big East Championship qualifying events.
The Panthers are back in action on January 5th, 2013 at Penn State.