Track Continues Season At Raleigh Relays
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March 29, 2010
RALEIGH, N.C. - The East Carolina track and field program continued its season at the Raleigh Relays this weekend, turning in more solid performances. Brittany Copeland displayed her prowess in the 1,500m run, breaking the school record with a time of 4:26.43. The previous record was a 4:26.99 in 2002 produced by Kay Livick.
Tiffany Harris turned in another strong performance in the 400m dash, taking 12th and clocking in at 56.12. Joining Copeland in the 1,500 meters were Samantha Lichtner, Amanda Lapp and Tara Wilso who notched three top 12 finishes in the event.
In the 4x200 relay, the Pirates grabbed seventh and bettered their time from last week with a 1:39.51. ECU also snatched seventh-place in the 4x800 relay and breezed past last week's time, checking in at 9:14.49. Competing in the sprint medley for the first time this season, ECU ended up 10th with a time of 4:12.03.
In the field, Harris took 21st in a field of almost 70 long jumpers with a jump of 5.39 meters. Camelia Morman then finished seventh in the triple jump at 12.12 meters. Also registering a top 10 placement was Kim Kanala in the discus (42.41 meters). Kanala joined last year's Conference USa champion in the hammer throw, Maegan Lewis, in the event as Lewis took third (56.27 meters) and Kanala ended up ninth (51.30 meters).
Isiah Gyasi produced a time of 10.58 in the preliminaries of the 100m dash to advance to the finals where he captured fifth again, clocking in at 10.77. Mario Briscoe also fared well in the 110m hurdles, finishing 11th in the prelims with a time of 14.39 before garnering 13th in the finals. Briscoe also competed in the 400m hurdles, grabbing a sixth-place showing at 52.82.
Like the ladies, the men's 4x200 relay team found a spot in the top 10, this time an eighth-place result, clocking in at 1:26.45. The rookie duo of Stephen Hodapp and Aaron Zakula, who have both set the school record in the pole vault this year, tied for 13th in the event in Raleigh, reaching a height of 4.45 meters. Another freshman, Miles Coats, captured ninth in the triple jump with a mark of 14.16 meters.
As he has before this season, Dennis Aliotta picked up a school record performance in the shot put (second, 17.59 meters) while collecting top 10 finishes in the discus (seventh, 47.33 meters) and hammer (60.40 meters). The sophomore bettered his previous program record in the shot by .44 meters. Addtionally, Montrell Morrow, Sam Barnhardt and Daniel Varela grabbed top 20 spots in their respective events.
East Carolina returns to action this Saturday April 3 for the second-annual Mountains vs. Beaches meet in Wilmington, N.C. The Pirates will team up with UNC Wilmington and battle Appalachian State and Western Carolina. The Mountains team captured the inaugural event last season.