April 5, 2014
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The East Carolina track and field squad turned in another solid performance at the Florida Relays as the Pirates set three school records. Additionally, junior thrower Kayla Padgett won the women's hammer throw invite with her school-record setting showing.
"Overall it was a great weekend for both teams," Head coach Curt Kraft said. "We set three school records and had numerous seasonal-bests. As a coaching staff, we were very pleased with how the kids performed."
Padgett was the only Pirate to win an event at the Florida Relays and she made it count as she recorded a personal-best and school-record setting mark of 60.87-meters (199-08.00). The Shallotte, N.C., native went on to tally a pair of top-10 finishes in the discus throw invite with a mark of 49.14-meters (161-03.00) and the shot put invite with a heave of 14.52-meters (47-07.75).
Tyshonda Hawkins also set a new school record for East Carolina as she finished the women's 200-meter dash in 23.41 for a top-15 finish. Hawkins bested the previous ECU record of 23.62 by .21 seconds.
Rounding out the school record setting performances was Avion Jones who set the standard in the men's high jump with a clearance of 2.16-meters (7-01.00). Jones' mark shattered a 33-year old record by former Pirate Russell Parker who notched a tally of 2.14-meters (7-00.25) in 1981. Jones' mark earned him a second-place finish in the event, while Drew Kanz placed sixth with a mark of 2.06-meters (6-09.00) and Joey Muzzio came in 15th with a personal-best mark of 2.01-meters (6-07.00). Muzzio's mark ranks him seventh in the ECU all-time record book.
In addition to the three record-setting efforts, six Pirates registered top-10 performances.
John Crossley earned a career-best time of 1:51.13 in the men's 800-meter run for a top-20 finish. His time is also good for eighth in the ECU all-time record book. Following Crossley in the event was Jakub Trzasalski with a time of 1:51.58 to place 22nd.
In the field, Henry Johnson tied for eighth place in the men's pole vault as he set a new personal-record for himself with a clearance of 4.95-meters (16-02.75). His mark is good for third all-time. Teammate Aaron Zakula recorded an identical mark of 4.95-meters in the event.
Adam Manns bettered his previous career-best mark by half-an-inch as he recorded a heave of 14.54-meters (47-08.50) in the men's shot put. His toss earned him a spot in the East Carolina record book as he claimed 10th-place all-time.
Kyle Hefkin turned in a career effort in the men's javelin as he tallied a mark of 62.06-meters (203-07.00) for a new personal-best that now ranks him sixth all-time. Matthew McConaughey came in behind Hefkin as he recorded a mark of 59.77-meters (196-01.00) in the event.
Redshirt senior Tynita Butts came in third in the women's high jump with a clearance of 1.85-meters (6-00.75). Her mark was just shy of her personal-best and school-record mark of 1.87-meters (6-01.50) which she set in 2012.
"The goal is to continue to improve each and every week and stay healthy," Kraft said. "We have to get back home and have a great week of practice and get ready for our home meet. We have not hosted a home meet in many years, so all the athletes are excited about competing in front of our home fans and their families, as well as our administration."
The Pirates return home to host the Bill Carson Invitational on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12. The meet is the first-ever to be held at the Olympic Sports Complex on the East Carolina University campus. Admission for the meet is free.