May 5, 2013
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Carvin Nkanata was named Most Outstanding Performer at the Big East Outdoor Track and Field Championship Meet for winning the 200 meter dash and anchoring the winning 4x400 meter relay team on the final day of the conference championship meet at the Bauer Track and Field Complex on the campus of Rutgers.
Nkanata was crowed the 200 meter dash champion after setting a career-best time of 20.83. The junior was the only athlete to go under 21 second the entire weekend, and he did it twice after a 20.87 in prelims, which until today, was his career-best. After winning the Indoor championship, there is no doubt Nkanata is the fastest 200 runner in the conference.
The men’s 4x400 meter relay team also defended their indoor crown by winning the event in a time of 3:10.72. Micah Murray led off and passed the baton to Brycen Spratling, who then handed off to Olivier Philogene. Nkanata ran the anchor leg and the Panthers were clear of second place by two seconds.
In the open 400 meter dash, Spratling established a new school-record and finished second overall in a time of 45.94. Notre Dame claimed first and third in that event, while the Panthers placed second, fourth and fifth as Nkanata was fourth in a time of 46.50, and Murray was fifth in 47.18.
Dustin Fuller also had a very impressive run in the 400 meter hurdles with a life-time best of 53.70, good for 4th place. In the field, Andrew Wells took 2nd place in the discus with a toss of 52.73m.
In women’s action, the Panthers placed second in both the 4x100 and the 4x400 meter relays. In the 4x1, Ashley Woodford, Jonnique Lawrence, Arielle Fonrose and Taranisha Taylor ran Pitt’s fastest time of the season with a 45.69, while Fonrose, Lawrence, Elizabeth Kline and Evann Thompson ran Pitt’s fastest time in the 4x4 with a 3:37.70. Notre Dame took first place in both events.
Lawrence and Fonrose also set personal-records in their individual events. Lawrence just missed winning the 200 meter dash as she finished 2nd with a life-time best of 23.59. Fonrose went under 54 seconds in the 400 for the first time in her career with a time of 53.63 and finished sixth overall.
Thompson had the best race of her life in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 58.89, placing third overall. She also earned points in the 100 meter hurdles with a sixth place finish in a time of 13.90.
Other notable finishes were Julia Koloski who finished third in the triple jump with a career-best jump of 12.72m, Ashley Woodford who was fifth in the 100 meter dash (11.72), and Haley Springman who finished seventh in the discus with a lifetime best distance of 45.70m.
Pitt tallied three titles this weekend. Along with Nkanata and the men’s 4x400, Elizabeth Kline was crowned heptathlon champion on Saturday. Kline won both the indoor and the outdoor multi-event championships.
Both the men and the women finished 5th overall as a team. For the weekend, the men had nine all-conference performers, while the women had seven for a total of 16 All-Big East honors.
The Panthers will continue competition next weekend as they participate in the ECAC/IC4A Championship Meet hosted by Princeton. Following that meet, Pitt will send athletes to the NCAA East Regional Meet and then those who qualify will participate in the NCAA Championship Meet during the first week of June.