April 20, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Sophomore Kayla Padgett set a pair of school records and claimed first in three individual events as she helped the East Carolina track & field squad collect nine individual event victories while a trio of Pirates set a total of four school records at the Charlotte Invitational.
Padgett won a trio of field events in the women's hammer throw, shot put and discus. The Shallotte, N.C., native set a new ECU school record in the shot put with a mark of 15.16m (49-09.00) to better the previous school record of 14.70m (48-02.75) which was set in 1999 by former Pirate Michelle Clayton. Padgett earned a first-place finish in the event as her mark was more than nine feet further than the second place finisher, Toby Jo Klauenberg of host Charlotte (12.27m, 40-03.25).
She followed that performance with another record-setting outing in the discus as she won that event with a toss of 50.15m (164-06.00) to top the ECU school record of 49.01m (160-09.00) that was set in 2009 by Danielle Eiler. Chloe Early (45.16m, 148-02.00) and Lauren Lubarski (44.20m, 145-00.00) placed third and fourth, respectively, in the discus. Lubarski's mark is a new personal best for the freshman who now ranks seventh on the ECU Women's Outdoor Top 10 list.
Padgett also earned a first-place finish in the hammer throw after notching a mark of 55.66m (182-07.00) which fell about five feet short of her career-best mark of 57.07m (187-03.00). Kaylee Redon placed second with a personal-record mark of 53.73m (176-03.00) which now earns her the number eight spot on the ECU Women's Outdoor Top 10 list. Ashley Clasen finished third with a mark of 50.95m (167-02.00) and Early came in fifth with a career-best mark of 49.60m (162-09.00).
Kathryn Warner was among the trio of Pirates who rewrote the record book as the junior from Batavia, Ill., won the pole vault with a lifetime best mark of 3.82m (12-06.25). She edged out Tammy Menzel's ECU school record mark of 3.81m (12-06.00) which was set in 2003 by one-quarter of an inch. Teammate Katherine Gray placed third in the event with a mark of 3.20m (10-06.00).
Rounding out the record-setting weekend was junior Erin Tucker who shattered her previous school-record time of 13.85 in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.53 for a second-place finish. Also competing the event were Erica Bell (14.90), Cheyenne Hutchinson (14.94), Madison Rayfield (15.53), and Amber Holloway (16.44). Bell and Hutchinson finished in the top 10, while Bell and Rayfield's times were both personal bests for the duo.
In addition to the four school records that were broken, the Pirates also won a total of nine events at Charlotte. Despite coming in .49 seconds shy of her personal best time, Janieyah Collins won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:02.83. She was followed by Holloway who notched a career-best time of 1:07.75 for an eighth-place finish, as well as Natalie Nelson (1:08.11) who finished ninth.
Chelsea Hollingsworth was the only ECU representative to compete in the women's 3,000-meter run and she won the event with a time of 10:28.76. She also placed second in the 1,500-meter run with a career-best time of 4:35.64 which is good for sixth place on the ECU Women's Outdoor Top 10 list. In that event, Hollingsworth was followed by Olivia Slate who finished third with a personal record time of 4:36.49 to earn her the number seven spot on the top 10 list.
Slate also earned a fifth-place finish in the 800-meter run with lifetime best mark of 2:10.46 which places her sixth on the ECU Women's Outdoor Top 10 list.
Lubarski won the javelin as she posted a mark of 42.01m (137-10.00) which came in just short of her career-best mark of 42.45m (139-03.00) which she set last week at the Sea Ray Relays. Krista Vincent placed second in the event with a mark of 41.10m (134-10.00).
On the men's side, Jakub Trzasalski earned a first-place finish in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:57.85. He paced teammates Antonio Palmer (4:01.26) and Mike Quercia (4:06.74) who came in third and eighth, respectively.
Additionally, Trzasalski placed fifth in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:51.85. In that event, Palmer (1:52.14) and Quercia (1:52.21) finished sixth and seventh, respectively, while Dylan Traywick came in 12th with a time of 1:55.29.
Cameron Hudson set the standard in the men's long jump as he recorded a mark of 7.37m (24-02.25) which was just shy of his personal-record mark of 7.38m (24-02.50) which he set earlier this season.
Hudson also competed in the men's 100-meter dash where he placed fourth with a time of 10.62. He was the top finisher among ECU student-athletes as Michael Neal (10.63) placed fifth and Justin Battle (10.77) finished ninth, while Demonte Wilson (11.13) came in 18th.
"This was a great meet for us across the board in just about every single event," Head Coach Curt Kraft stated. "We had a feeling, as a staff, that things were going to start to come together at this point in the season. Now we need to carry this momentum into the Penn Relays and into the Conference USA Championships. We have to continue to stay focused and continue to improve and things will fall into place."
The Pirates will look to continue their winning ways at the Penn Relays next week which begin on Thursday, April 25 and conclude on Saturday, April 27.