Pirate Pair Headed To NCAA Outdoor Championships
May 25, 2012
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - East Carolina will have at least two representatives at the NCAA Outdoor Championships as juniors Tynita Butts and Quinton Harley qualified in the high jump and 400-meter hurdles Friday evening at Hodges Stadium on day two of the NCAA East Preliminary Round.
Butts, a three-time All-America performer and three-time defending Conference USA outdoor high jump champion, tied for the regional title with Boston University's Allison Barwise as the pair posted a mark of 1.81 meters. It will be the second career appearance at the national championship for Butts as she took seventh place her freshman year.
It was another season-best performance for Harley as he ran a 51.01 to take second in the first heat. The top three runners in each section as well as the next three fastest times qualified for a trip to Des Moines. Harley is the reigning C-USA champion in the event and will make his first career performance in the national semifinal.
A somewhat disappointing result for ECU occurred in the hammer as junior Montrell Morrow was beaten out for a spot in the national final on the sixth and final throw. He posted a mark of 62.50 meters to end up in 14th place while teammate and senior Dennis Aliotta finished 16th at 61.33 meters.
Making his first-ever appearance at an NCAA postseason event, junior Joseph Samuels ran a personal-best 14.12 in the 110-meter hurdles to take 35th place.
The final day of action is the busiest for East Carolina as it will have 13 individuals compete. Action kicks off at 11 a.m. ET as junior Stephen Hodapp challenges the field in the pole vault. The men's 4x100 and women's 4x400 relay teams will take to the track at 6:00 and 9:45 p.m., respectively while senior Kim Kanala (hammer), junior Drew Kanz O'Shea (high jump), senior Brittany Copeland (5,000-meter run) and Aliotta (shot put) will also attempt to advance to Des Moines.