May 11, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. - In the final weekend of competition before the Conference USA Championships, Avion Jones and Erin Tucker both bested their own school records at the North Carolina A&T Aggie Last Chance Meet. East Carolina also turned in strong performances at the Virginia Challenge.
"We had a great day at North Carolina A&T," Head coach Curt Kraft said. "The student-athletes that we took all performed really well which will give them a lot of confidence going into the Conference USA Championships."
Jones shattered his previous school record mark of 2.19-meters (7-02.25) after registering a clearance of 2.21-meters (7-03.00) to win the high jump. He came back and placed fifth in the triple jump with a distance of 14.51-meters (47-07.25).
Tucker's school record performance came in the 100-meter hurdles as she earned a fourth-place finish with a time of 13.34 which was .04 seconds faster than her previous school standard. She went on to place third in the 100-meter dash with a personal-best time of 11.68 and now ranks third on the East Carolina all-time list.
"We set two more school records and many of the student-athletes set seasonal-bests and lifetime personal records," Kraft added. "Now we can turn our attention to the Conference USA Championships."
In addition to Jones' event victory, Aaron Zakula also turned in a first-place finish in the pole vault with a mark of 4.93-meters (16-02.00). He paced teammates Henry Johnson (4.78-meters), Stephen Hodapp (4.78-meters) and Adam Tuck (4.63-meters) as they placed third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
On the women's side, Tania Minkins captured first in the 200-meter dash with a personal record time of 23.57. She now ranks second on the East Carolina all-time list. She was followed by teammate Jasmine Dawson (24.46) who placed ninth in the event.
Minkins also ran the second leg of the women's 4x400-meter relay team that consisted of Tyshonda Hawkins, Aiesha Goggins and Janieyah Collins. The quartet won the event with a time of 3:37.18 and moves into third place on the ECU Top 10 list.
Rounding out the first-place finishes at the Aggie Last Chance Meet was Taylor Drummonds who claimed first place in the women's pole vault with a mark of 3.57-meters (11-08.50).
At the Virginia Challenge, Chloe Early earned a second placed finish in the women's hammer as she recorded a new career-best mark of 53.48-meters (175-05.00). She now ranks ninth all-time in the East Carolina career record book. Early also turned in an eight-place finish in the discus throw with a distance of 42.80-meters (140-05.00).
East Carolina heads to the Houston, Texas to compete in the Conference USA Outdoor Championship, hosted by Rice University, beginning Thursday, May 15 and concluding Sunday, May 18.