Local runners to compete in NCAAs

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Duquesne distance runner Jim Spisak earned a spot at the NCAA track and field championships after taking second in the 10,000 meters at the East preliminary May 29 in Jacksonville, Fla.. He posted a time of 29:45.34 in the qualifying race and is now just the second male Dukes track and field athlete to reach the NCAA championship meet.

Spisak, who owns the school record in the 10,000 meters with a 29:02.09 that he posted April 12 at the Bennie Benson Memorial Invitational, will be the No. 14 seed.

The University of Pittsburgh is sending a total of five athletes -- four men and one woman -- to Eugene, Ore., next week for the national meet. Brycen Spratling holds the top seed in the 400 meters, while Carvin Nkanata and Desmond Palmer are competing in the 200 meters and 400 meter hurdles, respectively.

Micah Murray joins Spratling, Nkanata and Palmer as the final member of the fifthseeded Panthers 1,600-meter relay team.

Evann Thompson is the lone Pittsburgh woman to qualify and will be competing in the 400-meter hurdles.

A couple of Pittsburgh natives will be racing against each other in the women's 10,000 meters on Thursday. William and Mary's Elaina Balouris, a Hampton High graduate, and Syracuse's Margo Malone, who graduated from a North Hills High, both finished in the top-12 of the East preliminary.

Alex Nieves: anieves @post-gazette.com.

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