Field Athletes Lead Pirates At UNC Invitational
April 17, 2011
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - East Carolina took a small group to Chapel Hill Saturday and came away with four event titles, competing in the Kent Taylor-Joe Hilton Invitational at North Carolina's Belk Track. The Pirates also set three personal season highs in the weather-affected meet.
Defending Conference USA hammer throw champion Maegan Lewis added to her career medal haul, taking first in the event with a throw of 54.21 meters. Senior Mario Briscoe also captured his event, running his season best time in the 400-meter hurdles at 51.64. It is not only the top current time in league but also the 22nd fastest in the nation.
The field tandem of Montrell Morrow and Dennis Aliotta continued their solid campaigns, taking top honors in the hammer and shot put with marks of 57.96 and 16.91 meters, respectively. Aliotta rounded out his day taking second in the hammer, throwing 57.22 meters while Daniel Varela was fifth in the same event with a mark of 52.93.
Jordan Neil was also a top-five finisher Saturday for ECU, garnering a third-place result in the 1,500-meter run and clocking in at 3:45.18.
Two Pirate ladies set season highs, one on the track and another in the field, as freshman Alexis Pitts was third in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:05.47 while Kim Kanala threw 41.14 meters in the discus, good for fourth place. Kanala then finished fifth in the hammer with a mark of 49.83.
East Carolina will close preparations for the 2011 Conference USA Outdoor Championships next week, traveling to Charlotte for the 49er Classic at the Irwin Belk Track. The event is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 22-23.