Track And Field Dominates At Charlotte
April 22, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - In its final tune-up before the Conference USA Outdoor Championships, East Carolina turned in a dominant performance at the Charlotte Invitational.
The Pirates captured 13 event titles, including a clean sweep of the Friday evening field events. ECU also set four school records with two occurring from performances by sophomore Tania Minkins. She finished first in the 200 with a time of 23.62 and second in the 100, clocking in at 11.65. Classmate Tyshonda Hawkins took second in the 200 with a time of 23.83.
Junior Tiffany Harris and sophomore All-America Aiesha Goggins fared well in the 400-meter dash, finishing in 54.09 and 54.51 to end up second and third. Chelsea Hollingsworth was third in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:18.66.
In the 100-meter hurdles, sophomore Erin Tucker won the event in a time of 14.13 while the 4x400 tandem of Hawkins, Harris, Minkins and Goggins ran a 3:41.53 to take second place.
Junior All-America Tynita Butts won her third consecutive high jump event title with a season second-best mark of 1.83 meters. She also topped the field in the long jump at 6.01 meters while Harris was second at 5.77 meters. In finishing second in the pole vault, freshman Kathryn Warner tied the program record with a mark of 3.80 meters and senior Abbey Way captured third at 3.65 meters.
Rookie Kayla Padgett enjoyed a solid showing in the discus and shot put, turning in a pair of second-place results with respective marks of 45.50 and 13.78 meters. Senior Sunni Massop snatched the event title in the discus, recording an effort of 45.82 meters. Rounding out the women's field efforts were Ashely Clasen and Rebecca Cooper who recorded wins in the hammer and javelin. They put up marks of 49.94 and 43.92 meters, respectively.
On the men's side, Dennis Aliotta broke his own school standard in the shot put with a mark of 18.14 meters to finish second. Stephen Hodapp and Aaron Zakula tied for the victory in the pole vault, each producing 4.80-meter marks. Sam Barnhardt and Montrell Morrow also captured event titles in the javelin and hammer, ending up with respective marks of 65.61 and 63.65 meters. Aliotta finished third in the hammer at 59.95 meters.
Daniel Porter and Brather Cline took the top two spots in the 1,500-meter run, clocking in at 4:06.17 and 4:10.70. In the 400-meter hurdles, Quinton Harley continued his solid campaign by winning the event in a time of 52.29. He also served as the lead leg in the 4x400 relay and teamed up with Taylor Sykes, Lawrence Campbell and Ben McKinzie to finish first at 3:14.09.
The 4x100 relay squad also fared well as Desmond Lawrence, Austin Lewis, Harley and Antonial Marshall took second in a time of 40.92. Another pair of top-three finishes were contributed by Drew Kanz O'Shea in the high jump and Lewis in the long jump. Kanz O'Shea recorded his season best at 2.10 meters for second place and Lewis was third with a mark of 21.54 meters.
A few of ECU's fastest track athletes also traveled to the Larry Ellis Invitational on the campus of Princeton University to attempt to better their times ahead of the league meet.
In the 1,500-meter run open division, Brooke Kott and twin sister Britney Kott produced first and third-place finishes with times of 4:27.49 and 4:34.21. Senior Brittany Copeland ended up sixth in the elite portion of the 1,500 with a season second-best time of 4:23.57.
In the 800 and 1,500-meter events, Michael Quercia and Jakub Trzasalski were fifth with times of 1:50.71 and 3:53.22.
The Pirates will take the next few weeks to prepare for the 2012 Conference USA Outdoor Championships, scheduled for May 11-14 at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans, La. Tulane will serve as the host institution.