Aliotta Wins Second Career C-USA Shot Put Crown

UABSPORTS.COM Sophomore Erin Tucker set the program record in the 100-meter hurdles Saturday in New Orleans.
Sophomore Erin Tucker set the program record in the 100-meter hurdles Saturday in New Orleans.

May 13, 2012

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NEW ORLEANS, La. - Senior Dennis Aliotta posted a program and meet-record mark of 19.39 meters in the shot put Saturday to win his second career Conference USA title in the event as action continued at the 2012 C-USA Outdoor Championships at Tad Gormley Stadium.

With one day remaining in the meet, the East Carolina women are third with a total of 28 points - just eight behind leader Southern Miss. The Pirate men sit in sixth with 31 points.

Junior Drew Kanz O'Shea found the podium in the high jump as he placed third with a mark of 2.08 meters. Classmates Bjork Olsen and Kelley Miko teamed up in the steeplechase to provide ECU with a valuable eight points, turning in times of 11:01.90 and 11:14.69. Olsen's time is the second fastest ever in the event by an East Carolina runner.

Making her league collegiate outdoor debut, freshman Kayla Padgett produced a fifth-place showing in the shot put with a mark of 14.30 while fellow rookie Dylan Spadaccini took seventh in the decathlon with 5,863 points. He won the 1,500-meter run portion of the event in a time of 4:42.66.

It was a busy day for junior Austin Lewis, who captured sixth in the long jump at 7.10 meters before qualifying for the finals in the 100 and 200-meter dash events later in the evening. Juniors Tynita Butts and Tiffany Harris also scored for the Pirates in the long jump, grabbing sixth and eighth-place results with respective marks of 6.00 and 5.91 meters.

In all, 16 Pirates advanced to Sunday's finals in their respective track events. One of the highlights was sophomore Erin Tucker setting the program record in the 100-meter hurdles as she clocked in at 13.96. Junior Quinton Harley won the 400-meter hurdles preliminary, turning in a time of 52.35. He will be joined in the finals by classmates Patrick Jones and Joseph Samuels. Additionally, in the women's 400-meter dash prelim, sophomore Tyshonda Hawkins and Harris moved into second and third on the program's event top 10 list - clocking in at 54.03 and 54.04.

The finals of nine field events are on tap for Sunday as well as 20 running events. The 4x100m relays will set the pace for the elite runners in the league starting at 7 p.m ET. The Championships awards presentation will close the ceremonies at approximately 10:25 p.m. 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.