Track And Field Nets More National Qualifiers At Notre Dame
March 4, 2012
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - When the participants for the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships are released Monday, East Carolina should send a single-season program-best six athletes to the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships due to a fine performance this weekend at the Alex Wilson Invitational inside the Loftus Sports Center on the campus of Notre Dame.
The Pirates were able to build on their showing at the Conference USA Indoor Championships which resulted in the women's squad's first league indoor championship and the highest-ever placement for the men's side (third). In South Bend, ECU captured two event titles and seven top-five finishes while breaking three school records against a tough field which included the host Irish, Ohio State, Nebraska, Baylor, Wisconsin, Oklahoma State, North Carolina, Penn State and Michigan.
Most importantly, the women's 4x400 relay squad and senior Montrell Morrow produced performances that should propel them into the national championship meet field. Tyshonda Hawkins, Tiffany Harris, Tania Minkins and Aiesha Goggins clocked in at a program-record 3:34.02 in the relay event, just two hundredths of a second off of the automatic qualifying standard and the country's 10th-fastest time. Morrow came up with a huge personal-best heave of 21.15 meters (second place) in the weight throw which puts him 15th nationally.
Fresh off of her C-USA event title in the 800-meter run, Brooke Kott snapped her own school record time in Indiana with a showing of 2:07.96 which was good for 11th place. Joseph Samuels also bettered his program standard in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.79 as he edged Demoye Bogle of Ohio State by the slimmest of margins to capture first place.
Austin Lewis snatched ECU's other event title in the long jump, out-distancing the Buckeye's Michael McCarty by a 7.22 to 7.18-meter count.
The 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships are slated for March 9-10 at the Jacksons Indoor Track in Boise, Idaho. Boise State will serve as the meet's host institution.