ECU Track & Field Enjoys Successful Weekend

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March 3, 2013

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GREENVILLE, N.C. –A week after winning the men’s weight throw at the Conference USA Championships, senior Montrell Morrow captured first at the Alex Wilson Invite at Notre Dame. In addition to Morrow’s victory, the ECU track and field squad also enjoyed three first-place finishes at the Virginia Tech Final Qualifier as Torrance Hunt won in the men’s 60-meter dash, Henry Johnson claimed first in the men’s pole vault, and Kathryn Warner tied for first in the women’s pole vault.

Morrow won the men’s weight throw with a season-best mark of 21.00m (68-10.75). His throw beat out four student-athletes from Notre Dame, the host institution, as well as Davis Fraker of Illinois who placed second with a mark of 19.98m (65-06.75). Morrow’s toss was four inches better than the second-place finisher.

Also at the Alex Wilson Invitational, Tiffany Harris notched a personal-best time of 53.89 for an eighth-place finish in the women’s 400-meter dash. She bettered her previous personal-record by .06 seconds and her new time now ranks second in the ECU Women’s Indoor Top 10 list.

Kayla Padgett, who was coming off of a career weekend at the C-USA Championships, bettered her previous personal best and school record mark of 20.03m (65-08.75) by one inch to register a mark of 20.05m (65-09.75) for a second-place finish in the women’s weight throw.

In Blacksburg, Va., Hunt won the men’s 60-meter dash preliminaries with a qualifying time of 6.71. He came back and placed first in the finals with a career-best time of 6.69, which ranks third on the ECU Men’s Indoor Top 10 list.

Johnson competed in the men’s pole vault (unseeded) and won that event with a mark of 4.89m (16-00.50). His height was just one-quarter of an inch shy of his lifetime best mark of 4.90m (16-00.75) which he set earlier this season at the SPIRE Invitational and again at the Kent Taylor Invitational.

In the men’s triple jump, Miles Coats set a new personal best for himself with a mark of 14.80m (48-06.75) for a fifth-place finish. Allan Bordley followed with a sixth-place finish as he tallied a mark of 14.78m (48-06.00).

On the women’s side, Warner tied for first in the women’s pole vault (unseeded) with a season-best mark of 3.69m (12-01.25). She earned a tie with Audrey Diener of Appalachian State and Lyndsey Saunders of Virginia Tech. The trio finished at least 5.75 inches better than their counterparts.

Tyshonda Hawkins bettered her previous personal and school-record time of 23.63 by .01 seconds to finish second in the women’s 200-meter dash with a time of 23.62.

The Pirates will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., next weekend to compete in the NCAA Championships, which begin on Friday, March 8, and conclude on Saturday, March 9.