Pirates Set Five School Records At Florida
April 3, 2011
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - East Carolina set five school records and produced 13 top-10 finishes this weekend, taking part in the prestigious Florida Relays at the Percy Beard Track. Head Coach Curt Kraft has now mentored student athletes who have established over 30 program standards in the six years with the Pirates.
The school-record performances were turned in by senior Jordan Neil in the 1,500-meter run with a second-place time of 3:43.43, freshman Aiesha Goggins in the 400-meters at 53.47 (sixth place), sophomore Aaron Zakula in the pole vault (4.67 meters/13th place), the ladies 4x200 relay squad which took seventh at 1:31.05 and the ladies 4x400 team capturing eighth with a time of 3:38.85.
Sophomore All-America high jump specialist Tynita Butts continued her strong outdoor campaign, matching her nation-best mark of 1.80 meters in the event to finish as the top collegiate athlete in the meet. Senior Maegan Lewis and junior Nicole Tozzi also showed well for the female field athletes, both grabbing sixth-place finishes in the hammer (54.42 meters) and javelin (44.74 meters). Additionally, the 4x800 relay ladies ended up eighth with a time of 9:17.81.
Two Pirates were in the top 10 in the shot put, as Dennis Aliotta (Invite Group) and Kenneth Rowland (University Group) were ninth (17.18m) and seventh (15.91m), respectively. Aliotta also turned in a sixth-place result in the hammer, throwing 61.18 meters.
2010 NCAA Outdoor Championship qualifier and sophomore Matthew McConaughey competed against a strong field in the javelin event, capturing seventh with a mark of 61.59 meters while sophomore Montrell Morrow finished fifth in the discus at 51.48 meters.
East Carolina returns to competiton Saturday, April 9, traveling to Cullowhee, N.C. for a quad meet with Appalachian State, Western Carolina and UNC Wilmington at the Catamount Athletic Complex.