Junior Montrell Morrow
May 11, 2012
NEW ORLEANS, La. - East Carolina got off to a fast start at the 2012 Conference USA Outdoor Championships Friday as the Pirates captured both the men's and women's hammer throw titles to highlight the opening day's action at Tad Gormley Stadium.
Junior Montrell Morrow put up a mark of 60.55 meters to add the hammer crown to his 2012 league indoor weight throw championship while classmate Kim Kanala produced her first career C-USA event title, edging Ayla Gill of SMU (53.50m) with a mark of 53.55 meters.
In the very early team race, the women are in second place with 12 points, trailing Rice by seven. As for the men, they are in fourth with 10 points - 15 behind current leader UTEP.
Sophomore Ashley Clasen took eighth in the hammer at 45.82 meters, giving ECU a point in the standings while senior Tara Wilson also contributed a point for the women with an eighth-place showing in the 10,000-meter run. She clocked in at 37:03.25.
With half of the decathlon contested, freshman Dylan Spadaccini is in eighth with a total of 3,029 points. The event championship will be decided Saturday.
The meet begins in earnest tomorrow, starting with the conclusion of the decathlon at noon. The field events kick off at 6 p.m. with the men's long jump while the first track event, the men's 1,500-meter run, is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Live video streaming of the championships will be available on Saturday on all 12 member institutions' All-Access players as well as the C-USA All-Access player beginning at 5 p.m. CT. A subscription is required to view the C-USA Live Streaming on Saturday. Fox Sports Network is set to televise Sunday's final events on tape delay.
Fans can purchase an all-session ticket for $20 for adult and $10 for youth (12-17 year olds) that is good for all three days of the championship. Single day tickets are $15 for adult and $6 for youth (12-17 year olds). Admission is free for children age 11 and under, and for students with valid ID cards who attend a C-USA member institution.