Feb. 22, 2014
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The East Carolina track and field program competed in its final meet before the Conference USA Indoor Championship and the Pirates came away with a pair of first-places finishes at the Dennis Craddock Invitational hosted by the University of North Carolina.
"We had another great day with the student-athletes we took to UNC," Head Coach Curt Kraft said. "We set some personal-bests and continued to move up the Conference USA performance list. It was a great way to close out the regular season and get ready to compete at the C-USA Indoor Conference Championships."
The women's 4x400-meter relay team of senior Tania Minkins, senior Erin Tucker, sophomore Janieyah Collins, and redshirt junior Aiesha Goggins earned a first-place finish in the race after the quartet registered a time of 3:49.82. Their time was more than three seconds faster than the second place relay squad.
The Pirate women tallied four personal-bests as sophomore Cheyenne Hutchinson earned a second-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a lifetime best tally of 8.56. Her time is also good for second in the East Carolina record book.
In addition to Hutchinson's personal record time, sophomore Tyasia Brown bettered her career-best time in the 60-meter dash by .05 seconds as she registered a mark of 8.29 in the event.
Freshman Tashara Berry also recorded a new lifetime best in the 400-meter dash as she placed 13th with a new career-best time of 1:01.58.
Taylor Drummonds, a freshman out of Boone, N.C., turned in a positive showing in the women's pole vault as she tallied a new personal record of 3.75-meters (12-03.50) for a fourth-place finish in the event. She came in just behind redshirt junior Kathryn Warner who placed third with a mark of 3.75-meters (12-03.50), just half an inch shy of her career-best mark of 3.76-meters (12-04.00). Drummonds' new personal record now ranks her third all-time, while Warner is in second.
On the men's side, senior Henry Johnson earned a first-place finish in the men's pole vault as he notched a clearance of 5.10-meters (16-08.75). He paced redshirt senior Stephen Hodapp and sophomore Adam Tuck who finished second and sixth, respectively. Hodapp came away with a new career-best mark of 4.95-meters (16-02.75). He is now listed third in the ECU annals. Tuck tallied a mark of 4.50-meters (14-09.00) in the event.
East Carolina's next action will be at the Conference USA Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Ala., beginning on Friday, February 28 and concluding Saturday, March 1.