In a season with a series of No. 1 performances at both the high school and college levels, Pitt sophomore Brycen Spratling, a late comer to track and field at Webster (N.Y.) Schroeder High, took down a college record to earn men's Armory College Athlete of the Year honors.
Competing at the Big East Championships, Spratling won both the 200-meter (21.16) and 500-meter dashes (1:00.63), breaking Lesiba Masheto's 2008 college record in the longer race. Spratling also scored in the 60-meter dash and led off the third-place 4x400-meter relay for the Panthers. He'd later take second in the NCAA 400 (45.82) and fourth at the U.S. Indoor Nationals.
Another sophomore — Columbia's Marvellous Iheukwumere — took the women's top award after building all season at The Armory to led her Lions to their first Heps' team track-and-field championship. A native of Austin, Texas, she won the 200 at Heps (24.63) and was second in the 60 (7.62). She had actually run faster at The Armory in both events.
The selection of Spratling was made particularly difficult as he was one of three men to break collegiate records at The Armory in 2012. BYU's Miles Batty broke the collegiate mile record (which has stood for 38 years) while Arizona's Lawi Lalang smashed the 5k mark. Both of those marks fell at the Millrose Games in February.
Seven of the athletes named to the Armory All-Star teams later won NCAA titles in Nampa, Idaho. For the men it was Lalang and Syracuse hurdler Jarret Eaton. For the women it was LSU's Kimberlyn Duncan, BYU's Nachelle Mackie, Stony Brook's Lucy Van Dalen, Georgetown's Emily Infeld and Arkansas' Tina Sutej.
2012 Armory All-Stars