Pirates Capture 15 Event Titles At Quad Meet
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April 10, 2011
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - East Carolina traveled to Western Carolina for the third-annual Mountains vs. Beaches Quad Meet this weekend, coming away with 15 event titles and a new outdoor pole vault school record.
"We had a great meet this past weekend," head coach Curt Kraft said. "This is one of the meets that we point to as a team that we really try and come together and do well against our in-state rivals. Anytime you win 15 events and set school records you have had a great weekend. We are excited about continuing the momentum the rest of the outdoor season."
The women put up a score of 188.50 to finish second to Appalachian State while the men accrued 163 points to take third. The Pirates and UNC Wilmington teamed up to compete against the Mountaineers and Catamounts as the mountains combined squad won both regional titles (Men: 354-320/Women: 368.5-313.5).
The wins were split down the middle with eight men and seven women, including the ladies 4x400 relay squad, grabbing first place.
Sophomore All-America Tynita Butts and classmate Austin Lewis started the day off strong for ECU, putting up 5.70 and 7.27-meter marks to capture both long jump events before reigning Conference USA champion and junior Dennis Aliotta put up a mark of 17.15 in the shot put to take first.
Montrell Morrow continued his solid sophomore campaign, winning the discus by nearly four full meters at 51.32. Butts then added to her medal haul in her specialty, the high jump, by leaping 1.75 meters.
Two more male field athletes joined the winners' circle, as sophomore Aaron Zakula broke his own school record in the pole vault by .21 meters with a mark of 4.88 while Aliotta won his second event, the hammer, by throwing it 58.86 meters. Additionally, the javelin tandem of Spencer Barrick and Nicole Tozzi made their marks on top of the leaderboard to round out the field portion of the event, recording marks of 64.45 and 42.59 respectively.
Brooke and Britney Kott, along with Aiesha Goggins and Victoria Robinson, secured the 4x400 relay title for the Pirates, running the event in 3:45.92. Brooke Kott also took first place in 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:38.81.
Senior Mario Briscoe continued to build toward the Conference USA Outdoor Championships, winning the 110-meter hurdle gold in 14.32. Robinson also won her second event of the day, capturing the 400-meter hurdles and clocking in at 1:02.53.
Finally, in two of the shorter distanced races, Goggins and Tiffany Harris topped the field by running times of 24.00 and 54.82 in the 200 and 400 respectively.
East Carolina continues its outdoor season next Saturday, April 16, participating in the Carolina Invitational at Belk Track and Fetzer Field.