Feb. 18, 2013
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. –For the second time in as many weeks, Henry Johnson and Aaron Zakula tied an East Carolina track and field school record with their impressive mark of 4.90m (16-00.75) in the pole vault. The duo tied for first to lead the Pirates at the Kent Taylor Invitational on February 16, at UNC.
Johnson and Zakula share the school record with teammate Stephen Hodapp who recorded a mark of 4.90m earlier this season at the Penn State National. The trio have set the standard for men’s pole vaulters at ECU with their high marks as they lead the squad heading into the Conference USA Championships.
In the men’s 60-meter dash, Hunter Furr and Justin Battle each recorded new personal bests for themselves. Furr finished the event in 6.95 for a third-place finish in the finals. He had previously finished fourth in the preliminaries with a qualifying time of 7.03. Battle posted a career-best time of 7.02 for a fifth-place finish in the finals after finishing sixth in the preliminaries with a qualifying time of 7.07.
Demonte Wilson and Quinton Harley represented the Pirates in the men’s 60-meter hurdles. Wilson finished with a personal-best time of 8.22 for a third-place finish in the finals. His time was also good for seventh place on the East Carolina top 10 list. Harley posted a time of 8.24 for fourth place. The pair finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the preliminaries, with Wilson finishing in 8.38, while Harley recorded a time of 8.43.
Tyshonda Hawkins won the women’s 60-meter dash finals with a time of 7.48. She was just .04 seconds shy of tying her personal record time of 7.44. In the preliminaries, Hawkins placed second with a qualifying time of 7.63.
Brooke Kott, who along with her twin sister Brittney Kott, ran unattached and won the women’s 800-meter run with a time of 2:10.89. Brittney Kott came in second as she finished with a time of 2:12.86.
In the field, Kathryn Warner and Katherine Gray finished second and fourth, respectively, in the women’s pole vault. Warner hit a mark of 3.60m (11-09.75), while Gray recorded a 3.30m (10-10.00) mark in the event.
The Pirates competed well in their last chance meet before the Conference USA Championships which will take place on Saturday, February 23, and Sunday, February 24, in Birmingham, Ala.