Senior Brittany Copeland topped her own school-record time in the 5,000-meter run at the Raleigh Relays this weekend.
April 1, 2012
WILMINGTON, N.C. - The East Carolina track and field program teamed up with former Colonial Athletic Association Rival UNC Wilmington and emerged victorious for the first time ever over Mountain schools Appalachian State and Western Carolina in the Fourth Annual Mountains vs. Beaches Meet in Wilmington.
It was a clean sweep for the Beaches teams as the men won 354.5-310.5 and the women came out on top 353-321. ECU produced 33 top-three finishes to buoy its effort.
The Pirates did their part by winning 14 event titles, including a school-record performance by senior Dennis Aliotta in the shot put where he threw 17.92 meters. Junior Tiffany Harris was responsible for a total of four titles during the weekend with her three individual wins in the 100-meter dash (11.74), 200-meter dash (24.12) and the long jump (5.83 meters) and joining with Tania Minkins, Tyshonda Hawkins and Erin Tucker to take gold in the 4x100 relay (45.45).
Michael Quercia topped the field in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:54.20 before taking second in the 1,500-meter run, clocking in at 8:56.34. Joseph Samuels also continued his solid campaign with a win in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.25.
Stephen Hodapp added to ECU's gold medal haul, jumping 4.65 meters, and Aliotta followed suit with a victory in the hammer throw at 61.73. Teammate Montrell Morrow fell just behind in the hammer with a second-place result (60.11 meters). Rounding out the first-place finishes for the men was Matthew McConaughey in the javelin, as he recorded a mark of 63.01 with Sam Barnhardt taking second at 57.43 meters.
Morrow and Aliotta also showed well in the discus, capturing second and third with respective marks of 48.75 and 48.20 meters. As for the long jump, Austin Lewis checked in at second place by posting a mark of 7.20 meters.
On the women's side, Brooke Kott earned valuable points for the Beaches team in the 1,500-meter run, taking first place with a time of 4:35.00 while Amanda Tomlin emerged victorious in the 3,000-meter run by outdistancing the field at 10:09.57. Tomlin also recorded a third-place showing in the 1,500 - clocking in at 4:40.55
Rachel Webb represented well for the Pirates in the pole vault, winning the event with a mark of 3.75 meters. The always-consistent Kim Kanala added another title for East Carolina in the hammer as she posted a throw of 55.63meters while Kayla Padgett complemented that performance with a third-place result at 46.87 meters.
A pair of second-third-place showings were turned in by Aiesha Goggins (54.87) and Tyshonda Hawkins (55.85) in the 400-meter run to go along with Krista Vincent (41.60 meters) and Rebecca Cooper (40.75) in the javelin.
A quartet of women also represented East Carolina in the Raleigh Relays this weekend as senior Brittany Copeland smashed her own school-record time in the 5,000-meter run. She produced a time of 16:09.67 which is currently the nation's top mark.
The Pirates continue their outdoor campaign next weekend, heading to Gainesville, Fla., for the Florida Relays. The meet is slated for April 6-7.