Jan. 25, 2014
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The East Carolina men's track and field team tallied 156 points to win the Carolina Cup at the Dick Taylor UNC Challenge. The women's squad earned a third-place finish after collecting 88 points.
Senior pole vaulter Henry Johnson led the men's squad in the field as he registered a 5.00-meter (16-04.75) clearance in the event to place first. He led a trio of Pirates as Stephen Hodapp (4.70m, 15-05.00) and Aaron Zakula (4.70m15-05.00) placed third and fourth, respectively.
"The goal of this meet was to see improvement across the board with both the men's and women's teams," Head Coach Curt Kraft said. "We had a lot of personal-best from both sides and the men won the inaugural Carolina Cup. This was a huge win from a confidence side of things. Now we have to use this motivation and momentum for the rest of the indoor season."
The men's squad saw positive performance from a number of Pirates. Sophomore Cameron Hudson won both the 60-meter dash and long jump. He recorded a time of 6.85 in the 60-meter dash before notching a mark of 7.08-meters (23-02.75) in the long jump.
Michael Neal led the men to victory in the 200-meter dash with a personal-best time of 21.98. Joe Wilson placed second in the event with a personal-record time of 22.25, while Hunter Furr came in third with a time of 22.43, and Austin Lewis finished fourth with a time of 22.46.
The Pirates saw much success in the field as Avion Jones claimed first in the high jump with a mark of 2.10-meters (6-10.75) to pace Joey Muzzio and Dylan Spadaccini. Muzzio finished fourth with a personal-best mark of 1.95-meters (6-04.75), while Spadaccini placed sixth with a mark of 1.85-meters (6-00.75).
In the weight throw, Thomas Lehman earned a first-place finish after he tallied a personal-best mark of 15.89-meters (52-01.75). That mark was also good to rank Lehman eighth all-time the East Carolina annals.
In addition to the six first-place finishes on the men's side, the Pirates also tallied 17 personal records and six members of the ECU men's squad found their place on the school record book top 10 list.
On the women's side, Erin Tucker won both the 60-meter dash and 60-meter hurdles. Her time of 7.43 in the dash was a new personal record and also catapulted her into second place in the ECU record book. Tucker finished the hurdles with a time of 8.35 to win the event.
Junior thrower Kayla Padgett recorded her third consecutive first-place finish in the women's weight throw as she tallied a mark of 20.63-meters (67-08.25) to win the event. Padgett led a quartet of Pirates as she paced Kaylee Redon, Dana Keister, and Chloe Early. Redon finished the weight throw with a personal-record mark of 17.37-meters (57-00.00) to place fourth, while Keister tallied a career-best mark of 17.00-meters (55-09.25) for a fifth-place finish, and Early took seventh with a mark of 16.43-meters.
On the women's side, nine personal-bests were set, while five Pirates etched their names onto the East Carolina Top 10 list.
East Carolina will continue competition at North Carolina as the Pirates will see action on Saturday, January 25, in the Tar Heel Open in Chapel Hill, N.C.