Track Earns Event Titles At UNCW
March 16, 2010
WILMINGTON, N.C. - While teammate Tynita Butts was representing the East Carolina track and field program at the NCAA Indoor Championships March 12-13, a few athletes gained valuable experience at the UNCW Inviational that they hope will propel them toward the national outdoor meet in June.
Three Pirates earned event titles at the meet, while freshman Matthew McConaughey set the men's school record in the javelin throw with a heave of 67.89 meters. That mark shattered the qualifying mark for the USA Junior Nationals and is currently the top mark in the nation. All three ECU winners had never competed in their respective events before joining the Pirates.
Maegan Lewis, the 2009 Conference USA outdoor champion in the hammer, took first with a mark of 55.72 meters, good for fourth nationally, while Ashleigh Lee earned fourth-place at 47.03 meters. Nicole Tozzi captured the title in the javelin, recording a 45.12 to put her fifth nationally and to add to a fifth-place showing by Taylor Harris (35.02).
In addition to McConaughey's school standard, Sam Barnhardt also grabbed a top three finish in the javelin, checking in at 53.73 meters.
The Pirates begin the outdoor season in earnest this weekend, traveling to Conway, S.C. for the Coastal Carolina Shamrock Invitational. The meet is slated for March 18-20 at the Coastal Carolina Track.