ECU Sweeps C-USA Field Athlete of the Year Honors
March 20, 2013
IRVING, Texas - Seniors Tynita Butts and Montrell Morrow garnered Conference USA Female and Male Field Athlete of the Year honors, respectively, it was announced Wednesday by the league office. The awards were voted on by the C-USA head coaches.
The duo collected the accolades after a pair of impressive indoor seasons in the field and were joined by Aurieyall Scott of UCF and Errol Nolan of Houston, who garnered the Female and Male C-USA Track Athlete of the Year awards. Butts became the first-ever field athlete in C-USA history to participate in four consecutive NCAA Championships, while Morrow appeared in back-to-back national meets.
"The team and coaching staff are extremely proud of Montrell Morrow and Tynita Butts for winning these prestigious awards," Head Coach Curt Kraft said. "I can't remember the last time an institution swept both Male and Female Conference USA Athlete of the Year awards. I can't think of two more deserving individuals to bring these awards home to Pirate Nation."
Butts earned her fifth All-America selection after finishing second in the high jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships as she tied her career-best and school-record mark of 1.90m (6-02.75), which ranks fourth in the nation. She also won her third consecutive gold medal in the same event at the C-USA Indoor Championships as she notched a mark of 1.86m (6-00.00). Earlier this season, Butts established her career-high and school-record mark of 1.90m (6-02.75) at the Penn State National. At the time, her clearance was good for second in the nation en route to being named C-USA Co-Female Athlete of the Week.
Morrow appeared in his second consecutive NCAA Indoor Championship after winning his second C-USA men's weight throw title in as many years after recording a mark of 19.95m (65-05.50). He followed that performance with a season-best mark of 21.00m (68-10.75) in the same event at the Alex Wilson Invitational at Notre Dame for a first-place finish. Morrow currently ranks second on the East Carolina Indoor Top 10 list with a career-best mark of 21.15m (69-05.00) which he set last season.
"This is a credit to all of the hard work that both of them have put in over the last four years," Kraft stated. "We are very honored to have them represent East Carolina University track and field. Not only are these two great individuals and great athletes, but more importantly, they display great character and morality."
CONFERENCE USA TRACK ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
CONFERENCE USA FIELD ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
CONFERENCE USA MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
CONFERENCE USA FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR