Butts Named Penn Relays Field Athlete of the Meet

UABSPORTS.COM Tynita Butts and Head Coach Curt Kraft
Tynita Butts and Head Coach Curt Kraft

April 27, 2014

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Redshirt senior jumper Tynita Butts recorded a nation leading, career-best and school record setting mark in the women's high jump en route to being named Field Athlete of the Meet at the historic Penn Relays. Additionally, East Carolina set three school records during the three-day competition.

"This was the most memorable Penn Relays in my East Carolina coaching career," Head coach Curt Kraft said. "Our track programs have had a long standing tradition over the years of performing very well at this meet."

In her collegiate career, Butts has earned All-America accolades on five occasions and has represented East Carolina at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships. She is the school record holder in both the indoor and outdoor high jump as well as the outdoor long jump. Butts' mark of 1.90-meters (6-02.75) in the high jump currently leads the nation and earned her a first-place finish at the Penn Relays as she went on to collect Field Athlete of the Meet honors.

"We are very honored to have Tynita Butts named the Penn Relays Field Athlete of the Meet," Kraft said. "To have Tynita receive this award, not only makes our coaching staff and the team very proud, it's also a true testament to how well she represents East Carolina University."

In addition to Butts' school-record setting performance, the Pirates also tallied school records in the men's high jump and the women's 4x200-meter relays.

"We set three school records and had numerous season bests and lifetime best," Kraft stated.

Sophomore jumper Avion Jones set the standard in the men's high jump as he bettered his previous school-record mark of 2.17-meters (7-01.50) by nearly one inch as he recorded a clearance of 2.19-meters (7-02.25) to place third in the event.

The women's 4x200-meter relay squad of Tania Minkins, Jasmine Dawson, Janieyah Collins and Tyshonda Hawkins also set a new school record as the quartet registered a time of 1:34.82 in the event. The Pirate women finished the relay in seventh place.

"Overall, both teams performed really well and came away with a lot of confidence going into the Conference USA Championships in three weeks," Kraft said. "We had a team meeting after the meet and we reminded everyone that we have to stay focused and remain healthy. We can now turn our attention to the conference championships as both teams are very excited about the possibilities that lie ahead."

The Conference USA Outdoor Championships will be held in Houston, Texas. The four-day event begins Thursday, May 15 and will conclude Sunday, May 18.