East Carolina Wins Five Events at Virginia Tech Invitational

Kayla Padgett

Jan. 18, 2014

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BLACKSBURG, Va. –The East Carolina track and field team turned in a strong showing at the Virginia Tech Invitational over the weekend as the Pirates won five events and junior thrower Kayla Padgett set a new ECU school record in the women’s weight throw.

“Overall it was a pretty good weekend,” Head coach Curt Kraft said. “Anytime you set new school records and come away with numerous personal-bests you have to be pleased as a coaching staff.”

Padgett registered a career-best and school-record breaking mark of 21.55m (70-08.00) to win the women’s weight throw besting her previous personal-best of 20.75m (68-01.00) by nearly two feet. Padgett led a quartet of Pirates in the weight throw as Chloe Early placed second in the event with a career-best mark of 17.29m (56-08.00) to rank fifth all-time in the ECU record book. Kaylee Redon earned a fourth-place finish as she tallied a personal-best heave of 16.89m (55-05.00) to move into seventh all-time. Dana Keister rounded out the group as she came in fifth with a mark of 16.38m (53-09.00).

Freshman hurdler Leah Lott had a successful showing in the field as well. She notched a career-best mark of 5.26m (17-03.25) in the long jump to finish 13th in the event.

On the track, Erin Tucker came in second in the 60-meter dash as she notched a new personal-best of 7.47 to slide into third all-time. Tania Minkins followed Tucker as she placed third in the event with a time of 7.52. Tucker also tallied a new career-best time in the 200-meter dash as she finished 10th with a time of 24.96 to move into ninth place in the ECU all-time record book. Minkins also found success in the 300-meter dash as she finished seventh with a personal-best time of 39.14 which is good for third in the ECU annals. She paced Aiesha Goggins (41.19), Jasmine Dawson (41.35), and Aminah Ghaffar (41.56) who placed 13th, 14th and 15th, respectively. Goggins’ time ranks her ninth all-time, while Dawson ranks 10th.

Tucker’s positive performances continued as she won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.41. Lott followed with a seventh-place finish after recording a time of 8.71.

The Pirates also collected a pair of personal-bests in the 500-meter dash as Janieyah Collins and Natalie Nelson set new career-bests for themselves. Collins finished 12th in the event with a time of 1:16.81 to rank fourth on the ECU career record book, while Amber Holloway earned an 18th-place finish with a time of 1:20.08, and Nelson came in 21st with a new personal-best time of 1:21.01.

The men were led by Cameron Hudson who won two events for the Pirates. The sophomore from Charlotte, N.C., earned a first-place finish in the 60-meter dash with a new career-best time of 6.72. His time places him fourth in the East Carolina career record book. Hudson also won the long jump as he recorded a mark of 7.26m (23-10.00). Austin Lewis came in second in the event with a mark of 7.21m (23-08.00), while Alexander Mobley-Hollie placed 11th with a mark of 6.78m (22-03.00).

The Pirates set four personal-bests in the men’s 300-meter dash as Ben McKinzie finished seventh with a time of 34.67 to rank second all-time. Hunter Furr tallied a career-best time of 35.44 to move into fourth in the ECU career record book, while Joe Wilson’s personal-best time of 35.62 is good for sixth all-time, and Austin Lewis’ career-best time of 35.72 ranks him eighth.

In the field, Avion Jones won the high jump after tying his career-best mark of 2.15m (7-00.50). Drew Kanz placed third in the event with a mark of 2.10m (6-10.75) to tie his season-best performance.

“This meet was a good test to see where we stand as a team,” Kraft explained. “We still have a lot of work to do before the conference championships. We have to have a great week of practice and get ready to go to UNC Chapel Hill.”

East Carolina will return to action next week at the Tar Heel Open in Chapel Hill, N.C. The two-day meet begins on Friday, January 24 and will conclude on Saturday, January 25.