Track Improves Times And Marks At UNC
Jan. 24, 2010
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The East Carolina track and field teams continued to develop Saturday, taking part in the UNC Classic at the Eddie Smith Fieldhouse. Freshman Tynita Butts won her third and fourth events of the year, capturing the long jump and high jump, while 11 athletes set career-best times or marks.
"From week to week we are continuing to have personal and season bests from both the men and the women," head coach Curt Kraft stated. "As long as we continue to have these performances, I feel by the time the Conference USA Indoor Championships are here, this team will come together. One of the biggest things we look for from week to week is effort. If the effort is there, everything else will take care of itself."
Tanisha Glover recorded 16th-place finishes in both the preliminaries and finals of the 60-meter dash, turning in a times of 7.90 and 8.14, respectively. Tiffany Harris then took second in the 400-meter dash with a personal-best 57.70. Another rookie, Brooke Kott, continued her strong season by taking 7th in the 800-meter run by clocking in at 2:20.53.
In the longer distances, Samantha Lichtner collected a third-place result in the mile run, finishing the race in 5:04.25. Then, Tara Wilson ended the 3,000-meter run in second, checking in with a career-best time of 10:16.51. Additionally, the 4x400 relay team notched its second-best time of the year, placing second at 4:01.48.
As for the field events, Butts won the aforementioned long and high jump events with marks of 1.73 and 6.00, respectively. Valeria Moore also showed well in the high jump, recording a 1.58, good for seventh-place. Donisha Brown then came in 10th in the weight throw with a mark of 14.88.
Antonial Marshall ran a pair of 6.98s to place 18th and ninth in the prelims and finals of the 60-meter dash while Ron Wright turned in his second top-10 placement of the season in the 400-meter dash, finishing in 50.59. Grant Burress participated in the 3000-meter run for the first time this year, completing the race with a time of 8:57.96 and taking ninth.
In the high jump, Drew Kanz and Miles Coats both reached 1.93 meters to end up in fifth-place. Coats also garnered a fourth-place finish in the triple jump with a mark of 14.31 meters. Wrapping up the field events, Dennis Aliotta collected a pair of third-place nods in the shot put (16.55) and the weight throw (16.40) while Montrell Morrow put in his best mark of the year in the weight throw with a heave of 16.55 meters.
The Pirates will return to Chapel Hill next weekend, taking part in the Carolina Classic which is scheduled for Jan. 29-30.