Jan. 29, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Senior jumper Tynita Butts collected her first career Conference USA Indoor Athlete of the Week honor after an outstanding performance at the Penn State National over the weekend as announced by the conference Tuesday afternoon. Butts shares the honors with Memphis' Xenia Rahn who won for her efforts in the pentathlon.
Butts recorded the second-best mark in the nation, set an East Carolina school record, as well as a new meet and facility record in the women's high jump with a mark of 6-02.75 (1.90m). The Alexandria, Va., bested her pervious personal-best for a first-place finish in the event. Additionally, the three-time All-American won the women's long jump with a 19-11.50 (6.08m) mark.
"As a program, we couldn't be more proud of Tynita," Head Coach Curt Kraft said. "A conference athlete of the week honor is a great accomplishment to add to her extensive list of achievements. As she has done in the past, Tynita continues to bring exposure to ECU."
Butts and the Pirates will return to action on Friday, February 8, when they complete at the Spire Invitational in Geneva, Ohio. The two-day event will conclude Saturday, February 9.