Track Sets School Records At CNU Holiday Open
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Dec. 6, 2010
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The East Carolina track and field squad officially opened its 2010-11 campaign Sunday, participating in the Christopher Newport Holiday Open at the Freeman Center.
Sophomore All-America Tynita Butts took the high jump title, posting a school-record and current nation-best mark of 1.87 meters. She also cruised to the long jump title, checking in at 6.04 meters. With her mark in the high jump, Butts is automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships later this winter in College Station, Texas.
In all, the Pirates won five event titles as Tyshonda Hawkins captured the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.02 while Dennis Aliotta took the shot put and weight throw top honors with marks of 16.30 and 16.66 meters, respectively. In addition, Britney Kott set the school record in the 600-meter dash, clocking in at 1:36.83.
After finishing in the 9-11 spots in the prelims of the 60-meter dash, Erin Tucker, Tanisha Glover and Hawkins advanced to the finals where Hawkins took fourth (7.65), Glover seventh (7.71) and Tucker eighth (7.73). Newcomer Victoria Robinson turned in a fifth-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:00.48. Tucker also captured fifth in the finals of the 60-meter hurdles, producing a time of 9.03 to round out the sprint efforts.
The women's 4x400 relay team started its season strong, posting a 3:56.98 which was good for fourth-place out of 21 squads.
Dana Keister also put in a solid performance in the shot put, finishing fourth at 11.88 meters. ECU had two athletes produce a top-10 result in the weight throw, as Kim Kanala was third with a heave of 16.94 meters while defending Conference USA champion Maegan Lewis was just behind in fourth, checking in at 16.61 meters.
For the men, Austin Lewis qualified sixth in the 60-meter dash before taking fourth in the finals with a time of 6.84. Newcomer Ben McKinzie was 13th out of 68 in the 200-meter dash, finishing the race in 23.08, while Tony Bunn was 16th (23.24). In the 400-meter dash, Mario Briscoe and McKinzie turned in 11th and 12th-place results with times of 51.87 and 51.99 before Jakub Trzasalski and Antonio Palmer took sixth and seventh in the 600-meter dash at 1:23.98 and 1:24.07. Additionally, Mario Briscoe was sixth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.08.
Distance runners Dillon Hawley and Cory Hampshire turned in solid performances in the 5000-meter run, finishing fourth and fifth and clocking in at 15:16.66 and 15:21.44, respectively. In the 4x400-meter relay, the Pirates took seventh, finishing in 3:24.56.
In addition to Aliotta's success in the field, East Carolina had three other top-five finishers. Austin Lewis ended up in fifth-place in the long jump, producing a mark of 7.12 meters while Daniel Varela and Montrell Morrow were second and fourth in the weight throw with tosses of 16.47 and 15.77 meters.
The Pirates continue their season in January, taking part in the Virginia Tech Invitational which is scheduled for Jan. 14-15.