Feb. 24, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The East Carolina track and field squad was led by Kayla Padgett and Montrell Morrow in both weight throw events during the first day of the Conference USA Indoor Championship. At the end of day one, the ECU men were ranked third with 29 points, while the women were in fifth place with 20 points.
Padgett won the women's weight throw with an ECU school record mark of 20.03m (65-08.75) to lead the Lady Pirates. She shattered her previous personal record by 1.72m (5-07.00) and bested the former ECU school record mark of 18.80m (61-08.00) which was set in 1999 by Michelle Clayton. Following Padgett's career performance were Kaylee Redon (15.76m; 51-08.50), Ashley Clausen (15.55m; 51-00.25), Chloe Early (15.52m; 50-11.00), and Lauren Lubarski (13.25m; 43-05.75).
For the second year in a row, Morrow won the men's weight throw. This season, his mark of 19.95m (65-05.50) was good enough for tops in the conference. He finished ahead of teammates Thomas Lehman and Adam Manns. Lehman garnered a personal best mark of 15.46m (50-08.75) to finish eighth in the event and place ninth on the ECU Indoor Top 10 list. Manns finished in 11th place with a mark of 13.48m (44-02.75).
Erin Tucker bested her previous career-best time of 8.46 by.12 seconds as she set a new ECU school record and finished third in the preliminaries of the women's 60-meter hurdles with a qualifying time of 8.34. Cheyenne Hutchinson finished behind Tucker with a qualifying time of 8.71 in the event to place eighth.
In the pentathlon, Madison Rayfield set numerous records for herself as well as a new ECU record in the women's long jump as she recorded a personal-best mark of 5.09m (16-08.50). Additionally, she tied her personal-record mark of 1.45m (4-09.00) in the women's high jump and posted a new personal best mark of 9.15m (30-00.25) in the women's shot put. In the 60-meter hurdles, Rayfield tallied a career-best time of 9.42 en route to accumulating a career-best 2,968 points in the pentathlon which now ranks her third on the ECU Indoor Top 10 list.
The distance medley relay team of Stacey Gonzalez, Kathryn Warner, Olivia Slate and Chelsea Hollingsworth finished sixth in the event with a time of 11:58.64 to mark the fastest time of any ECU distance medley relay team this season. Their time ranks seventh in the ECU Indoor Top 10 list.
In the field for the men, Drew Kanz jumped an impressive 2.06m (6-09.00) in the men's high jump to finish second. Joshua King placed sixth with a personal-record mark of 1.96m (6-05.00), which is also good for ninth on the ECU Indoor Top 10 list. Miles Coats finished in 11th place with a mark of 1.91m (6-03.25).
Several other Pirates set new personal bests for themselves during day one of the Conference USA Championships including Janieyah Collins' time of 57.58 in the women's 400-meter dash preliminaries. She finished behind Tiffany Harris who notched a second-place finish with a qualifying time of 55.14.
On the men's side, Torrance Hunt bettered his personal record time of 6.80 by .03 seconds to register a qualifying time of 6.77 in the men's 60-meter dash preliminaries for a fourth-place finish. Cameron Hudson finished right behind him in fifth with a qualifying time of 6.78, which was just .01 seconds shy of tying his personal best time. Michael Neal placed seventh in the event with a personal record and qualifying time of 6.87, and Hunter Furr tied his personal best time of 6.95 for a 10th place finish.
Neal hit the track again in the men's 200-meter dash preliminaries and recorded another personal record and qualifying time of 21.69 for a sixth place finish. He finished ahead of teammates Hudson and Furr in the event. Hudson came in seventh with a qualifying time of 21.80, while Furr tallied another personal record time of 22.03.
Both Quinton Harley and Ben McKenzie posted personal best times in the men's 400-meter dash preliminaries. Harley notched a qualifying time of 48.82 for a sixth-place finish, while McKenzie bettered his previous personal record time by .12 seconds for a time of 49.38.
The Conference USA Indoor Championships will conclude Sunday, February 24, in Birmingham, Ala.