May 17, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas - Following the third day of action at the 2014 Conference USA Outdoor Championships, the East Carolina women's team is in first place with 50 points, 13.5 more points than FIU which is in second place, while the men's squad sits in second with 59 points following UTSA which has tallied 61.
The Pirates set two more school records and won three individual titles on Saturday. East Carolina has now won five total events at the C-USA Championships.
Redshirt senior Tynita Butts set the school record in the high jump after notching a clearance of 1.91-meters (6-03.25) which ties the national record. Butts bested her previous school record distance of 1.90-meters (6-02.75) by half-an-inch. She also placed fifth in the long jump with a season-best mark of 6.05-meters (19-10.25).
Tyshonda Hawkins set the other school record as she earned a qualifying time of 11.47 in the 100-meter dash preliminaries. She led the way for teammates Erin Tucker (11.60), Tania Minkins (11.64) and Jasmine Dawson (11.68). All four tallied personal-best times and now occupy the top four spots in the ECU all-time record book.
After winning the women's hammer throw on Friday, Kayla Padgett came back Saturday and took first in the discus throw with a school record heave of 52.79-meters (173-02.00). Following Padgett in the discus were Chloe Early (45.81-meters) and Lauren Lubarski (44.90-meters) who finished seventh and eighth, respectively.
On the men's side, Cameron Hudson won the long jump with a season-best mark of 7.82-meters (25.08.00). Hudson also earned a qualifying time of 21.06 in the 200-meter dash preliminaries.
Adam Manns turned in a personal-best effort in the discus with a mark of 53.79-meters (176-06.00). His distance now ranks him second all-time at East Carolina. Teammate Montrell Morrow came in fourth in the event with a distance of 51.48-meters (168-11.00).
The men's pole vault saw Henry Johnson place third with a career-best mark of 5.08-meters (16-08.00). Johnson is now in second place in the ECU all-time record book. Aaron Zakula and Adam Tuck tied for sixth in the event with identical marks of 4.83-meters (15-10.00). The tally is Tuck's personal-best and puts him in fourth place all time. Stephen Hodapp (4.83-meters) and Dylan Spadaccini (4.68-meters) rounded out the East Carolina finishers as they came in eighth and 10th, respectively.
In addition to the school records set and individual titles won, the Pirates also qualified for a number of events as East Carolina will send several student-athletes to compete on the final day of competition.
Sunday's field events will begin at 2:30 p.m., while the running events will start at 4:30 p.m. at Holloway Field and Ley Track on the campus of Rice University.