Junior Tynita Butts won the bronze medal in the high jump Friday at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
June 8, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa - Junior and three-time All-America performer Tynita Butts posted the program's best-ever individual national finish Friday evening at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships, taking third in the high jump to earn the bronze medal at Drake Stadium.
When the official All-America list is revealed at the conclusion of the national finals, Butts will earn her fourth career All-America accolade and land on the first team. Her previous best finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships occurred her freshman season when she ended up in a three-way tie for seventh place.
Butts' jump of 1.87 meters tied her personal best as well as matched the school's outdoor record. Entering the national championship, that mark was the second-highest nationally and an Olympic "A" standard.
Arizona's Brigetta Barrett won the national title with a mark of 1.93 meters while Shanay Briscoe of Texas came in second at 1.90 meters. Butts recovered from a missed attempt at the 1.79-meter height to vault herself onto the podium for the first time in program history.
Senior Dennis Aliotta will wrap up East Carolina's participation in the national finals as he challenges the shot put field beginning at 11:00 a.m. He finished fourth at the NCAA East Preliminary to earn his first career spot at the national championship.
His season best mark of 63-7.38 (19.39m) was a league and program record as he secured his fourth conference title, indoor or outdoor, in the event. Aliotta was also named Performer of the Meet for his efforts.