Relay Teams Set Program Records In Florida
April 7, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The East Carolina track and field program produced a banner weekend in the Sunshine State, turning in seven school records and winning two events at the 2012 Pepsi Florida Relays. The meet was held Friday and Saturday at the Percy Beard Track on the campus of the University of Florida.
Junior All-America Tynita Butts contributed a fine all-around effort, winning the high-jump in school-record fashion with a mark of 1.87 meters while also finishing second in the long jump at 6.18 meters.
Other individual school standard performances came from Montrell Morrow in the hammer throw (64.57 meters) and Brittany Copeland in the 1,500-meter run as she clocked in at an extremely quick 4:18.39. Copeland also owns the nation's third-fastest time in the 5,000-meter run. Dennis Aliotta broke his own program record in the shot put, finishing fifth against a strong field with a heave of 18.11 meters.
The relay squads excelled in fine fashion over the two-day event as the other three school records occurred in those tandem races. The women's distance medley team of Amanda Lapp, Kathryn Warner, Britney Kott, and Copeland captured the event title with a time of 11:21.24 while their male counterparts took fourth. Michael Quercia, Taylor Sykes, Brandon Dunford and Jakun Trzasalski produced a time of 9:53.56 to etch their names into the ECU record books.
Additionally, the women's sprint medley squad, comprised of Tania Minkins, Tyshonda Hawkins, Aiesha Goggins and Brooke Kott, finished in 3:51.00 and captured second place. The 4x200 relay team (Hawkins, Harris, Goggins, Erin Tucker) did not set a program standard, but checked in a solid fifth with a time of 1:35.13.
Other standout individual performances included Austin Lewis' third-place result in the long jump as he turned in a mark of 7.25 meters and Rebecca Cooper's fifth-place showing in the javelin (44.11 meters). Krista Vincent was right behind her teammate in eighth as she recorded a mark of 41.21 meters.
Matthew McConaughey, who qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships last season, took eighth in the javelin with a mark of 61.44 meters while Brooke Kott was also eighth in the 800-meter run - clocking in at 2:08.64.
East Carolina has just two more meets on its schedule before the 2012 Conference USA Outdoor Championships and will travel to Chapel Hill next weekend for the North Carolina Invitational. The meet is scheduled for April 14 at the Irwin Belk Track.