Track And Field Completes Split Squad Weekend
Feb. 2, 2009
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. and JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - The East Carolina track and field program experienced a split squad weekend for the first time this season, as the track athletes participated in the Niswonger Invitational, hosted by East Tennessee State while the field athletes traveled to Newport News, Va. for the Christopher Newport Captain's Invitational. Between the two meets, the Pirates picked up 24 top 10 finishes over the two days of competition.
At Christopher Newport, five personal best marks were set in three events for ECU. Freshman Abby Way smashed her personal-best showing in the pole vault, tying for fourth-place with a mark of 3.50 meters. In the men's event, freshman Sebastien Biau registered his first attempt, checking in at 4.25 meters, good for a tie for fourth-place. In the shot put, senior Danielle Eiler produced a season-best mark of 12.77, which gave her a tie for fourth as well. Six ladies then participated in the weight throw, as three personal records were set by Kim Kanala (15.45, second), Meagan Lewis (14.79, fifth) and Kim Woodson (14.37, sixth). Daniel Varela represented the men in the same event, also setting a personal-best mark of 14.99. Additionally, two ECU athletes, Biau and Jacques Ray, tried their hands at the pentathlon, contributing third and fifth-place nods respectively (3141 and 2946 points).
Over in Johnson City, Alexis Jenkins ran a personal-record time of 8.27 in the 60-meter dash preliminaries while Jaslyn Grullon and Tara Bright registered their first times of the season in the sprint event. The same happened in the 200-meter dash, as Funsha Jackson turned in a personal-record time of 25.88 while Shalice Anderson and Ericka Charles experienced action for the first time. The first two top 10 finishes came from Samantha Lichtner and Hollie Brooks in the 800-meter run, as each turned in a time of 2:18.90 and 2:22.24, respectively. Brooks' time was also her career best. In the 60-meter hurdles, Grullon set the pace, finishing in seventh-place with a personal-record time of 9.19 while Bright also notched a top 10 placement, sitting ninth (9.23). Capping off the meet for the Pirates was the 4x400 medley team, turning in a season-best mark of 4:00.19.
On the men's side, Anthony Green was the top ECU finisher in the 60-meter dash, collecting a 29th-place nod in the preliminaries with a time of 7.05. Two personal records and a season-best time highlighted the 200-meters, as Kevin Thompson and Adian Sanderson notched second and fifth-place results with respective showings of 21.79 and 22.05 while Lorenzo Norfolk picked up a season-high mark of 22.30. The personal records kept coming all the way to the conclusion of the meet, as Mario Briscoe tallied a 50.51 time in the 400-meter dash while Harvinder Singh ran a 9:07.17 in the 3000-meter event. Additionally, Zach Montijo placed seventh in his first attempt this season at the mile run (4:20.49).
The men's and women's squads will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C. for the second time this season on Feb. 13-14, as they prepare for the Dick Taylor Carolina Invitational inside the Eddie Smith Fieldhouse.