Pirates Enjoy 12 Individual Event Victories at Quad Meet

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Tiffany Harris

March 31, 2013


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BOONE, N.C. - The Pirate track & field squad had another successful weekend as ECU won 12 events at the Quad Meet hosted by Appalachian State. The Pirates picked up six event victories on the women's side and half a dozen on the men's en route to both squads finishing third in the team rankings. The women's squad tallied 110.5 points, while the men accumulated 103 points.

"This is one of my favorite meets of the year," Head Coach Curt Kraft stated. "One of the major reasons I enjoy this meet is because I value our friendship with our fellow North Carolina universities in Western Carolina, UNC Wilmington, and Appalachian State.

"Both our men's and women's teams performed very well for the second outdoor meet of the year," Kraft continued. "We won 12 individual events and both squads are learning how to compete at a high level, regardless of how big or small the meet is. At the end of the day, it's all about beating your competitor on the track and in the field and understanding how to win."

Sophomore Michael Neal won the men's 100-meter dash with a season-best time of 10.79 pacing ECU as the Pirates took first, second and third place in the event. Cameron Hudson followed with a time of 10.81 and Hunter Furr earned a third-place finish as he tallied a time of 10.93.

The trio of Neal, Hudson and Furr were joined by senior Justin Battle in the men's 4x100-meter relay and the squad claimed first with a time of 40.74.

Hudson was also part of the men's 4x400-meter relay team of Quinton Harley, Demonte Wilson, and Jakub Trzasalaki that placed first after running the event in 3:17.69.

Trzasalski earned an individual first-place finish in the men's 800-meter run after recording a time of 1:52.72. He was followed by Antonio Palmer (1:54.11) and Dylan Traywick (1:542.68) who placed second and fourth, respectively.

In the field, Hudson won the men's long jump and was the only Pirate to compete in the event. The freshman from Charlotte, N.C., posted a mark of 6.94m (22-09.25) which was nearly three inches better than the second-place finisher.

Sophomore Kyle Hefkin won the men's javelin after recording a mark of 52.31m (171-07). He was the only ECU representative in the event.

On the women's side, Erin Tucker won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.90 which was just .05 seconds off her personal-best and school-record time of 13.85. Freshman Cheyenne Hutchinson placed second after notching a career-best time of 14.12 which ranks third on the ECU Women's Outdoor Top 10 List.

Along with Tiffany Harris, Victoria Robinson, and Janieyah Collins, Tucker helped the Pirates win the women's 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:44.35.

Robinson tallied her season-best time of 1:02.08 in the 400-meter hurdles to win the event. She edged out teammate Kathryn Warner who placed second after clocking a lifetime-best time of 1:02.09 which ranks her sixth on the ECU Women's Outdoor Top 10 List. Collins finished third with a time of 1:02.66.

Junior Olivia Slate earned a first-place finish in the 1,500-meter run after registering a season-best time of 4:42.95.

Sophomore Kayla Padgett posted a career-best mark of 52.50m (172-03) to win the women's hammer throw. Her toss is good for seventh on the ECU Women's Outdoor Top 10 List. Padgett led four Pirates who all finished in the top five. Ashley Clasen earned a third-place finish with a mark of 49.49m (162-04), while Kaylee Redon took fourth with a throw of 48.23m (158-03), and Chloe Early placed fifth after tallying her career-best mark of 43.60m (143-00).

Rounding out the ECU winners was sophomore Krista Vincent who earned a first-place finish in the women's javelin after tying her season-best mark of 40.55m (133-00). Lauren Lubarski came in second after recording a mark of 38.97m (127-10).

The Pirates have a weekend off before they head to Knoxville, Tenn., the Sea Relays. The four-day event begins on Wednesday, April 10, and concludes on Saturday, April 13.