April 15, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Krista Vincent and Kayla Padgett earned first-place finishes at the Joe Hilton UNC Invitational, while multiple student-athletes recorded personal records at the Sea Ray Relays to highlight the Pirates' weekend.
Vincent won the women's javelin with a career-best toss of 43.55m (142-10.00). She placed two spots ahead of teammate Lauren Lubarski who finished third with a personal-record mark of 42.45m (139-03.00).
Padgett bettered her previous personal record mark by 15 feet after notching a career-best throw of 57.07m (187-03.00) in the hammer throw to win the event. She now ranks fourth on the ECU Women's Outdoor Top 10 list. Kaylee Redon was .01 meter shy of tying her personal-best mark in the hammer throw as she recorded a mark of 50.24m (164-10.00) to place fifth. Chloe Early earned a seventh-place finish in the event with a career-best mark of 43.94m (144-02.00).
At the Sea Ray Relays, Tiffany Harris claimed second in the women's 200-meter dash preliminaries with a career-best qualifying time of 23.97. Harris' time is also good for sixth on the ECU Women's Outdoor Top 10 list. The senior from Portsmouth, Va., came back and posted a season-best time of 53.92 in the women's Showcase 400-meter dash for a second-place finish.
Olivia Slate notched an outdoor personal-best time of 2:13.04 for an 11th-place finish in the women's 800-meter run. Her time ranks seventh on the ECU Women's Outdoor Top 10 list.
The Pirates earned a pair of top 10 finishes in the women's 5,000-meter run as Bjork Olsen placed seventh with a time of 18:27.48 and Chelsea Hollingsworth came in eighth as she tallied a time of 18:27.51.
On the men's side, Michael Neal notched a pair of personal record times in the 100-meter dash preliminaries (10.57) and in the 200-meter dash preliminaries (21.35). Neal placed seventh in the 100-meter dash prelims before finishing sixth in the finals with a time of 10.73. In the 200-meter dash prelims, he placed 10th.
Cameron Hudson earned a fifth-place finish in the 200-meter dash preliminaries with a personal-best time of 21.20 before placing seventh in the finals with a time of 21.85. Hudson also had a fourth-place finish in the long jump after notching a mark of 7.26m (23-10.00).
In the men's 800-meter run, Antonio Palmer finished fourth with a career-best time of 1:53.32, while Dylan Traywick placed 10th with a lifetime best of 1:54.53. In the men's Showcase 800-meter run, Jakub Trzasalski earned a seventh-place finish with a time of 1:51.36.
Jason Dijols bettered his previous personal-best time in the 110-meter hurdles by .12 seconds as he finished in the top 25 with a time of 15.10.
In the field, Adam Tuck improved his showing in the pole vault with a new personal-record mark of 4.70m (15-05.00) which bested his previous lifetime best of 4.31m (14-01.75) by nearly one foot four inches as he finished sixth in the event and now ranks fifth on the ECU Men's Outdoor Top 10 list. Teammate Dylan Spadaccini tied his career-best mark of 4.60m (15-01.00) as he came in eighth.
"We continue to improve as a team each and every week," Head Coach Curt Kraft stated. "With the number of events that we compete in, you're always going to have ups and downs in our sport. But overall we are where we need to be as our teams approach the conference championships in a few short weeks."
The Pirates will continue to prepare for the Conference USA Outdoor Championships as they compete in the Charlotte Invitational which will take place on Friday, April 19.