Padgett Shines in Indoor Season Opener

Kayla Padgett

Dec. 7, 2013

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Junior thrower Kayla Padgett broke her own school record in the women’s weight throw and took top honors with a personal-best performance in the women’s shot put to cap a successful start to East Carolina’s indoor track and field season at the Christopher Newport Invitational Saturday afternoon.

Padgett recorded a 20.75-meter (68-01.00) heave to win the weight throw competition and top her previous school record of 20.05 meters (65-09.75) which was set last season. The record throw was also the second-longest in the nation so far this season.

The Pirates swept the top four spots in the event as Dawn Early took second with a 17.04-meter (55-11.00) mark, Kaylee Redon claimed third at 16.85 meters (55-03.50) and Dana Keister placed fourth at 16.73 meters (54-10.75).

Padgett’s day only got better when she was victorious in the shot put with a personal-best throw of 14.43 meters (47-04.25), demolishing her previous best of 13.88 meters (45-06.50) which was also set last season. The throw was also the third-longest in program history, surpassing Amy Mueller’s 14.37-meter (47-01.75) toss during the 2007 campaign.

Keister claimed a third-place showing in the same event with a 12.14-meter (39-10.00) mark.

In the sprints, Tania Minkins was victorious in the women’s 60-meter dash with a time of 7.47, while Erin Tucker claimed second place at 7.56 and Jasmine Dawson took fourth at 7.61. Dawson’s time tied Nicky Goins for the sixth-best mark in program history.

Tucker also took second in the women’s 60-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in 8.50, while Leah Lott was fourth at 8.76 to record a personal best and place herself in a tie with Lindsay Dolan’s 2007 mark for the fourth-best time in program history.

Taylor Drummonds earned a runner-up performance in the women’s pole vault with a personal-best of 3.49 meters (11-05.25), while Kathryn Warner followed in third place at 3.34 meters (10-11.50). Rachel Neagle rounded out the top five with a 3.19-meter (10-05.50) mark.

The Pirates’ men’s team had a trio of victories of its own on the day with winners in the high jump, long jump and pole vault.

Avion Jones won the high jump with a 2.15-meter (7-00.50) leap over the bar, while recording a personal-best in the event and the second-best mark in school history on the indoor circuit. Drew Kanz-O’Shea took second place at 2.10 meters (6-10.75).

In the men’s long jump, Cameron Hudson was victorious with a 4.86-meter (24-01.75) leap into the sand pit, setting a new indoor personal-best by nearly three inches while moving into sole possession of fifth place on the all-time list.

Henry Johnson claimed the top mark in the men’s pole vault with a 4.86-meter (15-11.25) best, and was followed closely by teammate Stephen Hodapp in second place with a 4.80-meter (15-09.00) mark. Hodapp’s mark was the fourth best indoor mark in school history.

In the men’s triple jump, Allan Bordley was the runner-up with a top leap of 14.76-meters (48-05.25).

East Carolina will return to competition in 2014 when it travels to Blacksburg, Va., for the Virginia Tech Invitational, Jan. 17-18.