Padgett Advances to NCAA Outdoor Championships
May 24, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Kayla Padgett will join freshman Cameron Hudson at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., beginning Wednesday, June 5, after the sophomore placed 11th in the women's hammer throw preliminary round at the NCAA East Regional.
Padgett tallied a career-best mark of 58.29m (191-03.00) in the event to earn an 11th-place finish. Her toss is also good for fourth place in the ECU outdoor record book. The hammer throw consists of three flights and the top 12 advance to the NCAA National Championships. Padgett will compete again on Saturday, May 25, in the women's shot put at 5:30 p.m.
"Words can't express how excited we are as a staff to have another National qualifier in Kayla Padgett," Head Coach Curt Kraft said. "Kayla has been a consistent performer all year long in all of her events. This is a great reward for someone that works as hard as she does. She is very deserving of this. Kayla owns three of our school records and is only a sophomore. Her best years are still ahead of her. We are hopeful in sending more people to Eugene, Ore., following the conclusion of the meet."
Erin Tucker turned in an impressive performance in the women's 100-meter hurdles preliminary round as the senior bettered her previous school record and lifetime best time of 13.50 by .12 half seconds to set a new ECU standard of 13.38. She finished 21st with her qualifying time and will compete in the semi-finals on Saturday, May 25, at 7:05 p.m.
After competing in the women's 400-meter dash preliminaries Thursday night, Tiffany Harris came back Friday evening in the semi-finals with hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Championships. The senior from Portsmouth, Va., posted a time of 53.69 for a 19th-place finish, narrowly missing a trip to Eugene, Ore., in that event. Despite, not qualifying for Nationals in the 400-meter dash, Harris still has a chance to qualify in the women's 200-meter dash as she will compete in the semifinals Saturday, May 25, at 7:35 p.m., after she recorded a qualifying time of 23.87 in the preliminary round for a 24th-place finish.
Quinton Harley was the only ECU men's track and field representative to take the field on Friday. Harley ran a time of 52.61 in the men's 400-meter hurdles during the semifinal round and placed 20th. The senior from Rochester, N.Y., fell just short of qualifying for Nationals as he concludes his ECU career with a pair of NCAA appearances, a United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-America selection in 2012, and honorable mention accolades in the men's 400-meter hurdles after finishing in the top 20.
The NCAA East Regional concludes Saturday, May 25, with field events beginning at 10 a.m., and track events at 6 p.m. In addition to the above mentioned student-athletes competing, ECU will also send Miles Coats and Allen Bordley to the field in the men's triple jump, as well as Lauren Lubarski in the women's javelin throw.