Junior All-America Tynita Butts won the high jump title at the Penn State National this weekend.
Jan. 29, 2012
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The East Carolina track and field program continued its strong start to the indoor campaign at the Penn State National by setting four school records, including one that stood for the last eight years. The Pirates also turned in a number of personal and season best times and marks.
Against a strong field that included Duke, Georgetown, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Villanova and Wisconsin, ECU was able to produce 14 top-five finishes and snag an event title.
"We are making big improvements as a team on both the men's and women's sides," head coach Curt Kraft said. "If we continue to stay focused and work hard, the results will show in the end when it matters most."
The distance medley squad provided a nice highlight for East Carolina, surpassing a program record which was last set in 2003. The squad finished third in a time of 11:24.51 as Amanda Lapp (1,200 meters), Britney Kott (400 meters), Brooke Kott (800 meters) and Brittany Copeland (mile) ran splits of 3:34, 56.9, 2:09 and 4:42 respectively. Copeland was responsible for one of the other record-setting performances during the weekend, breaking her own standard in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 9:24.10 - good for third place.
Meanwhile, the men were also busy rewriting the Pirate record books as Dennis Aliotta beat his old record in the shot put by posting a mark of 17.82 meters and grabbing fourth place. Henry Johnson and Stephen Hodapp also ended up third and fourth in the pole vault with a program-best 4.75 meter showing.
Other standout showings in the short to mid distances for the women included Harris' time of 55.41 in the 400-meter dash which netted her second place as well as Britney Kott's second-place result in the 800-meter run where she clocked in at 2:13.14. The 4x400 relay tandem also posted a third-place finish with a time of 3:44.39.
Junior All-America Tynita Butts captured the Pirates' lone event title of the meet, as she produced a mark of 1.75 meters in the high jump. She then teamed up with Harris in the long jump as the duo finished second and third, respectively, with jumps of 6.07 and 5.83 meters. Kim Kanala continued her consistency in the weight throw, recording a heave of 17.96 meters which gave her third place.
On the men's side on the track, newcomer Mike Quercia and Jakub Trzasalski took on tough competition in the 800 and 1000-meter races and finished in the top 10. Trzasalski took fifth in the 1000, clocking in at 2:27.38, while Quercia was ninth in the 800 with a time of 1:52.07. In the field, Montrell Morrow was his reliable self, capturing another career top-three finish in the weight throw at 19.62 meters.
The Pirates return to action in two weeks time at the SPIRE Division I Invitational in Geneva, Ohio. The meet is scheduled for Feb. 10-11 at the Spire Institute Indoor Track Facility.