ECU Wins Five Events, Sets a Pair of School Records at 49er Classic
March 17, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. –Erin Tucker and Tyshonda Hawkins set two new school records and the East Carolina track and field team won five events to kick off the outdoor season at the Charlotte 49er Classic over the weekend.
Tucker set a new ECU record with a time of 13.85 in the women’s 100-meter Hurdles for a fourth-place finish in the finals. She bettered her previous personal record and ECU record by .08 seconds. Cheyenne Hutchinson followed Tucker with an eighth-place finish in the event with a time of 14.29 to rank sixth on the ECU women’s outdoor top 10 list. Previously, Tucker placed second in the preliminaries of the 100-meter hurdles with a qualifying time of 13.99, while Hutchinson notched a qualifying time of 14.49 for eighth.
Hawkins won the women’s 100-meter dash preliminaries with a qualifying time of 11.56 to better the ECU school record mark by .09 seconds. However, the school record time of 11.56 did not stand for long as the junior from Goose Creek, S.C., followed that performance with a new personal-best and school-record time of 11.48 for second place in the finals.
In addition to her record-setting performance in the 100-meter dash, Hawkins earned a first-place finish in the women’s 200-meter dash finals with a time of 23.89. She won the preliminary round with a qualifying time of 23.77, which is a new personal record and places her fourth on the ECU women’s outdoor top 10 list. Tucker also posted a qualifying time in the women’s 200-meter prelims as she placed sixth with a time of 24.50. She finished second in the finals as she bettered her previous effort by .34 seconds for a personal best time of 24.16 which is good for seventh on the top 10 list.
“Our first outdoor meet of the season went very well,” Head Coach Curt Kraft said. “We won some individual events, set numerous personal bests, and set two school records. The student-athletes were very excited to get the outdoor season started after a long indoor season. Hopefully this meet sets the tone for upcoming outdoor competitions. Our teams are competing with a lot of confidence and energy at this moment and that is very contagious.”
Quinton Harley won the men’s 400-meter hurdles with a time of 52.04 in the finals after placing first in the preliminaries with a qualifying time of 53.38. Jason Dijols also notched a qualifying time in the prelims as he ran the event in 55.50 for a sixth-place finish. Dijols finished the finals with a time of 57.46 to place eighth.
In the field, the men’s squad won three events as Cameron Hudson claimed first in the men’s long jump with a personal-best mark of 7.38m (24-02.50) to tie for sixth on the ECU men’s outdoor top 10 list. Alexander Mobley-Hollie also competed in the long jump and finished sixth with a career-best mark of 7.04m (23-01.25).
Stephen Hodapp participated in the men’s pole vault unattached and won the event with a mark of 4.75m (15-07.00). Dylan Spadaccini came in second with a personal-best mark of 4.60m (15-01.00), while Adam Tuck placed ninth with a personal record mark of 4.30m (14-01.25). Spadaccini now ranks fifth on the top 10 list, while Tuck’s mark is good for eighth.
Joshua King set the standard in the men’s triple jump as he recorded a career-best mark of 15.43m (50-07.50) in the event to place fourth on the ECU men’s outdoor top 10 list. Miles Coats followed with a fourth-place finish as he recorded a new personal-best for himself with a mark of 15.01m (49-03.00) to place fifth on the top 10 list. Allan Bordley placed sixth with a career-best mark of 14.70m (48-02.75) and is now ninth on the top 10 list.
The Pirates will compete at the VMI (Multis) next week in Lexington, Va. The two-day meet begins on Friday, March 22 and wraps on Saturday, March 23.