May 11, 2013
HOUSTON, Texas -The second day of the 2013 Conference USA Outdoor Championships saw the completion of the multi events as well as the men's and women's 1,000-meter run and hammer throw events at Holloway Field/Ley Track on the campus of Rice University. ECU freshman Madison Rayfield set a school record in the women's heptathlon after notching 4,191 points and sophomore Dylan Spadaccini followed suit as he tallied an ECU record 6,280 points in the men's decathlon.
Rayfield set a total of four ECU women's heptathlon records as she notched a career-best mark of 9.67m (31-08.75) in the shot put, 5.13m (16-10.00) in the long jump and a lifetime best time of 2:39.81 in the 800-meter run en route to tallying 4,191 total points.
Spadaccini concluded the men's decathlon with a school record 6,280 points after setting ECU decathlon records in the long jump (6.42m, 21-00.75), high jump (1.87m, 5-11.25), 110-meter hurdles (16.07), and pole vault (4.50m, 14-09.00). The Matawan, N.J., native earned a first-place finish in the pole vault with his mark of 4.50m.
Freshman Thomas Lehman set a new career-best for himself in the men's hammer throw as he notched a mark of 45.23m (148-05.00) for an eighth-place finish.
Sophomore Kayla Padgett led a quartet of Pirates in the women's hammer throw as she placed fourth with a mark of 54.20m (177-10.00). Kaylee Redon followed with a sixth-place finish as she tallied a toss of 52.58m (172-06.00). Ashley Clasen (48.98m, 160-08.00) and Chloe Early (47.74m, 156-07.00) finished in the top 15 with their respective marks.
After three events in two days, the East Carolina men sit in sixth place with two points, while the Pirate women are in seventh place with eight.
The Pirates will be back at it Saturday, May 11, as the action continues at 4 p.m. with the men's and women's long jumps, while the preliminaries of the running events will begin at 6 p.m.