May 16, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas - After two days of competition at the 2014 Conference USA Championships, East Carolina's men's squad is tied for first with UTEP as the league foes each have 24 points, while the Pirate women are in second with 23 points, just one point shy of FIU which is in first.
The second day of action featured the conclusion of the multi events, the men's and women's hammer throws, and the 10,000-meter run on both sides. East Carolina set school records in both the decathlon and heptathlon and came away with a pair first place finishes in the hammer.
Junior Dylan Spadaccini broke his own school record in the decathlon after tallying 6,506 points for a new career-high. The Matawan, N.J., native registered 226 more points than his previous personal-best en route to finishing second in the event. Teammate Alexander Mobley-Hollie came in third with 6,503 points to narrowly miss second place. Daley Hall rounded out the Pirate finishers with 5,747 points to place 10th.
The decathlon concluded Friday with the 110-meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin, and 1,500-meter run. Mobley-Holley placed third in the 110-meter hurdles with a new personal-record and decathlon school record time of 15.21. In the pole vault, Spadaccini tied his career-best and ECU decathlon standard with a clearance of 4.50-meters (14-09.00) to place second.
Freshman Jasmine Thompson set a new standard in the heptathlon after accumulating 4,489 points for a sixth-place finish. She paced Aminah Ghaffar (4,426 points) and Madison Rayfield (4,213 points) who placed seventh and 10th, respectively. Thompson's new school record in the heptathlon is nearly 300 points higher than the previous mark set last season by Rayfield.
The Pirate women wrapped the heptathlon after competing in the long jump, javelin and 800-meter run. Thompson earned a third-place finish in the long jump after registering a career-best and ECU heptathlon record mark of 5.65-meters (18-06.50). Ghaffer came in fifth in the 800-meter run with a personal-best and heptathlon school record time of 2:29.58.
In addition to the school records set in the multi events, East Carolina also earned two event victories. Redshirt senior Montrell Morrow won the men's hammer throw with a distance of 62.46-meters (204-11.00), while junior Kayla Padgett claimed first in the women's hammer with a mark of 58.65-meters (192-05.00). Kaylee Redon came in fourth with a personal-best heave of 54.11-meters (177-06.00).
The Conference USA Championships continue Saturday, May 17 beginning with the women's long jump at 3 p.m. The running events start at 5 p.m. with the men's 1,500-meter run.