May 12, 2013
HOUSTON, Texas –Sophomore Kayla Padgett set the ECU school record in the women’s discus on day three of the Conference USA Outdoor Championships. Additionally, East Carolina had several Pirates qualify for the finals during the preliminaries en route to finishing the day in eighth place on both the men’s and women’s sides.
Padgett bettered her previous school record mark of 50.77m (166-06.00) by three feet as she notched a mark of 51.78m (169-10.00) for a second-place finish. Chloe Early (44.62, 146-05.00) and Lauren Lubarski (41.82m, 137-02.00) finished in the top 15 with their respective marks.
Tiffany Harris finished first the women’s 400-meter dash preliminaries with a qualifying time of 53.60. She will compete Sunday, May 12, in the 400-meter dash finals.
Cameron Hudson placed first in the men’s 200-meter dash prelims with a career-best, qualifying time of 21.14. Michael Neal followed with a qualifying time of 21.48 for a seventh-place finish, while Hunter Furr posted a career-best time of 21.69 for an 11th-place finish, and Ben McKinzie recorded a time of 24.73 to earn a top 20 finish.
East Carolina had a successful day at the C-USA Outdoor Championships as several Pirates turned in career-best performances. Harris posted a lifetime best, qualifying time of 23.77 in the women’s 200-meter dash preliminaries.
In the women’s 800-meter run preliminaries, Olivia Slate notched a career-best qualifying time of 2:10.05 for a fifth-place finish. She paced Rachel Rice (2:26.61) and Kelley Miko (2:27.21) who placed 15th and 16th.
Chelsea Hollingsworth earned a seventh-place finish after recording a qualifying time of 4:37.56 in the women’s 1,500-meter run preliminaries. Michelle Bailey followed with a personal-best time of 4:44.28 to place 13th, while Rice earned a career-best time of 4:57.36 to finish 17th, and Miko’s time of 5:01.25 earned her a top 20 finish.
Kaylee Bythell was the only Pirate to compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and she shaved nine seconds off of her previous personal best time to notch a time of 11:53.62 in the event.
Erin Tucker took fourth in the women’s 100-meter hurdles preliminaries with a qualifying time of 13.67. Cheyenne Hutchinson earned a 10th-place finish with a time of 14.28, while Erica Bell posted a time of 15.48.
Hutchinson followed that effort with a career-best mark of 5.57m (18-03.25) in the women’s long jump to come in 14th. She finished behind Harris who recorded a mark of 5.82m (19-01.75) for a ninth-place finish.
On the men’s side, Neal notched a time of 10.62 for a seventh-place finish in the men’s 100-meter run preliminaries, while Hudson placed eighth with a time of 10.64, and Furr took ninth with a career-best time of 10.78. Junior Torrance Hunt finished in the top 20 with a personal-best time of 11.48.
Demonte Wilson (14.88) and Quinton Harley (14.89) both earned qualifying times in the men’s 110-meter hurdles prelims after placing fifth and sixth, respectively. The duo came back and competed in the 400-meter hurdles preliminaries. Harley finished third in that event with a qualifying time of 52.55. Patrick Jones came in fourth with a qualifying time of 54.59, while Chandler Chase posted a career-best time of 56.36 for a ninth-place finish, and Wilson placed 11th with a time of 59.90.
Hudson recorded a fourth-place finish in the men’s long jump with a mark of 7.50m (24-07.25) and Alexander Mobley-Hollie finished 16th with a mark of 6.54m (21-05.50).
The final day of the C-USA Outdoor Championships will begin Sunday, May 12 at 5 p.m. with the field events. The running events will get underway at 6 p.m.