Pirates Post Strong Showing At Virginia Tech Invitational

UABSPORTS.COM Montrell Morrow won the weight throw by a wide margin at the Virginia Tech Invitational this weekend.
Montrell Morrow won the weight throw by a wide margin at the Virginia Tech Invitational this weekend.

Jan. 14, 2012

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BLACKSBURG, Va. - The East Carolina track and field program continued its indoor campaign by setting two school records and posting numerous solid finishes at the Virginia Tech Invitational inside the Rector Fieldhouse. In total, the Pirates racked up 35 top-10 results and won four event titles - split evenly between the men and women's teams.

"We had a great weekend as a team," head coach Curt Kraft said. "The kids are very excited about their accomplishments. Anytime you are setting school records and personal bests you are making great progress."

Sophomore Tyshonda Hawkins, an outdoor national qualifier from last season, topped her previous school standard in the 300-meter dash by clocking in at 38.48 - good for second place. Classmate and All-America sprinter Aiesha Goggins also posted a school record in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:13.90 which put her sixth.

Other outstanding performances on the women's side resulted in event titles as senior Brittany Copeland won the mile run in a time of 4:51.05 while sophomore Stefanie Fresenius ran an 18:03.60 in the 5000-meter run to finish first. The 1,000-meter run finished with two ECU runners in the top five with Britney Kott taking second with a time of 2:55.10 and Amanda Lapp ending up fourth at 2:57.66.

The longer distances also proved successful for the Pirates with Bjork Olsen and Chelsea Hollingsworth taking third and fourth in the 3,000-meter run by clocking in at 10:14.27 and 10:16.35. Stacey Gonzalez joined Fresenius with a strong showing in the 5000-meter race as she captured second place with a time of 18:28.81. The distance relay squad of Copeland, the Kotts and Lapp also excelled with a second-place showing (11:52.94).

In the field events, junior All-America jumper Tynita Butts turned in a mark of 1.74 meters in the high jump to take second place and leaped 6.03 meters in the long jump which was good for third. In the weight throw, Kim Kanala took home fourth place with a mark of 16.98 meters while newcomer Kayla Padgett fell just behind in fifth at 16.39 meters.

As for the men, both Montrell Morrow and Dennis Aliotta snagged event titles in the weight throw and shot put respectively by posting marks of 19.63 and 17.45 meters. Aliotta also turned in a third-place result in the weight throw by recording a heave of 17.86 meters.

In the long jump, Austin Lewis found himself tied for fourth at 7.39 meters while freshman Dylan Spadaccini also grabbed fourth in the unseeded pole vault grouping as he checked in at 4.10 meters. Fellow rookie Steven Anderson matched that mark but took sixth due to having more total misses.

East Carolina returns to action in two weeks, traveling to State College, Pa. for the Penn State Nationals. The events is scheduled for Jan. 27-28 at the Ashefelter Multisport Facility.

On the track, Joseph Samuels finished third in the 60-meter hurdle event by clocking in at eight seconds flat. Taylor Sykes also produced a pair of eighth-place results by running a 35.25 in the 300 meters and a 50.17 in the 400 meters.

East Carolina returns to action Jan. 27-28 when the Pirates travel to State College, Pa., for the Penn State Nationals at the Ashenfelter Multisport Facility.