April 29, 2013
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. –The East Carolina track and field program concluded the regular-season with a number of strong performances at the Penn Relays over the weekend. The Pirates claimed four event titles and set three new school records in the three-day competition.
After setting a pair of school records and winning three events last weekend, sophomore Kayla Padgett continued her hot streak as she bettered her previous ECU school record mark of 50.15m (164-06.00) in the discus by two feet as she turned in a new record mark of 50.77m (166-06.00) to place third in the women’s discus championships. In the same event, Chloe Early placed 10th with a mark of 42.39m (139-00.00).
Padgett went on to win the women’s hammer throw with a career-best mark of 58.07m (190-06.00) which is good for fourth on the ECU Women’s Outdoor Top 10 list. She was followed by Kalyee Redon (49.51m, 162-05.00) and Ashley Clasen (47.01m, 154-02.00) who finished in the top 20.
Cheyenne Hutchinson, Erica Bell, Amber Holloway, and Madison Rayfield also notched a record-setting performance as the relay squad placed eighth in the Women’s Shuttle Hurdles Championships of America with an ECU-best time of 1:00.60.
In addition to the three record-setting efforts, the Pirates also managed to win a total of four events at the Penn Relays. The men’s 4x200-meter relay squad of Michael Neal, Ben McKinzie, Quinton Harley, and Cameron Hudson earned a first-place finish with a qualifying time of 1:25.22 in the preliminaries. They went on to compete in the finals and bettered their time by .12 half seconds as they won with a time of 1:25.10.
Hudson showed his versatility as he competed in the men’s long jump and won with a new personal best mark of 7.61m (24-11.75). With the victory, Hudson helped bring home two of the Pirates’ four first-place finishes.
“Any time you leave the Penn Relays with three school records and four event victories, you have accomplished a lot as a team,” Head Coach Curt Kraft said. “It is, without question, one of the most exciting meets to attend in the country.”
The men’s team of Quercia, Harley, Traywick and Palmer found their way onto the ECU men’s record book as the squad turned in a time of 10:21.63 in the distance medley relay which is good for tenth all-time.
The quartet of Neal, Hudson, McKinzie, and Trzasalski competed in the Sprint Medley Relay Championship of America and placed 11th with a time of 3:23.01. Their time ranks them eighth on the ECU Men’s Outdoor Top 10 list.
In the field, Allen Bordley notched a new lifetime best mark of 15.15m (49-08.50) in the triple jump as he placed second. Miles Coats tallied a matching mark of 15.15m (49-08.50) in the event to record a career-best mark for himself as well.
On the women’s side, Tiffany Harris, Erin Tucker, Janieyah Collins, and Hutchinson participated in the women’s 4x200-meter relays and placed third in the ECAC event with a time of 1:35.85. The squad shaved .29 half seconds off of their original time and finished in the top 15 in the College event with a time of 1:35.56. Their time ranks them third on the ECU Women’s Outdoor Top 10 list.
Tucker, Hutchinson and Harris joined teammate Olivia Slate in the Sprint Medley Championship of America and the squad placed ninth with a time of 3:55.42. They now sit third in the ECU women’s outdoor record book.
Lauren Lubarski claimed fifth in the women’s javelin throw with a career-best mark of 43.27m (141-11.00) which now moves her into eighth on the ECU Women’s Outdoor Top 10 list. Krista Vincent earned a top 15 finish with a mark of 40.93m (134-03.00) in the event.
“This was a good meet for us,” Kraft said. “The teams are riding high on emotion and running with a lot of confidence going into the conference championships.”
The Pirates’ next meet is the Conference USA Outdoor Championships in Houston, Texas. The C-USA Championships will begin on Thursday, May 9 and wrap up on Sunday, May 12.