School Records Fall At Penn State
Up next for Track & Field
Feb. 7, 2011
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The East Carolina track and field program had a fine showing at the Penn State Sykes-Sabock Cup Saturday, breaking three school records as the Pirates continued their indoor season. The women took fourth in the team competition against a highly-competitive field which included teams such as host Penn State and Big East member South Florida.
Freshman Aiesha Goggins ran a quick 53.80 in the 400-meter dash while Brittany Copeland raced to a 4:50.70 in the mile and Jordan Neil improved on his own program standard in the 3000-meter run - clocking in at 8:14.34. All three of the athletes won their event titles in the process and Goggins' time is good for the 11th-fastest in the nation.
Sophomore All-America Tynita Butts won her third high jump title of the campaign, turning in a facility-record mark of 1.81 meters. She is currently ranked second in the nation in the event.
Other highlights for the Pirates included a second-place finish for Kim Kanala in the weight throw as she recorded a mark of 17.65 meters as well as a second-place result for the 4x400 relay squad (3:43.81) and a third-place showing for Goggins in the 200-meter event (24.55).
The ECU men also found the podium, first with Desmond Lawrence in the 60-meter dash as he finished the race in a time of 6.83. Joseph Samuels qualified for the finals of the 60-meter hurdles with a seventh-place finish in the preliminaries before clocking in at 8.39 in the finals.
The Pirates will have one final tune-up before the Conference USA Indoor Championships, traveling to North Carolina for the UNC Invitational Feb. 12.