Feb. 19, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. –Tyshonda Hawkins was named the Conference USA Female Athlete of the Week after her outstanding performance at the Kent Taylor Invitational last weekend it was announced by the league office on Tuesday. The award is the first-ever for Hawkins.
Hawkins won the women’s 60-meter dash finals with a time of 7.48. She was just .04 seconds shy of tying her personal record time of 7.44, which she set at the Penn State National a few weeks ago. Earlier at the Kent Taylor Invitational, Hawkins placed second in the preliminaries with a qualifying time of 7.63.
“We are very excited for Tyshonda,” Head Coach Curt Kraft said. “It’s a testimonial for all of the hard work she has put in up to this point. Nobody could be more deserving of this award. She does a great job of representing this institution. We are very proud of her.”
The junior from Goose Creek, S.C., has been a key component of the East Carolina track and field program this season as she has set three new personal bests for herself in the 60-meter dash (7.44), 200-meter dash (23.89), and 300-meter dash (38.39). Each of her personal record times rank second in the ECU women’s indoor top 10 list in that respective event.
Additionally, Hawkins ran anchor for the ECU relay team that won the Virginia Tech Invitational 4x400-meter relay event with a time of 3:44.45, marking the best time in the 4x400-meter relay this season for the Pirates.
Hawkins and the Pirates will return to the track on Saturday, February 23, at the Conference USA Championships in Birmingham, Ala. The championships will conclude the following day on Sunday, February 24.