April 29, 2014
IRVING, Texas - For the first time in her collegiate career, redshirt senior jumper Tynita Butts has been named outdoor Conference USA Female Athlete of the Week. She earned the honors after recording a nation-leading mark in the women's high jump at the Penn Relays.
"First of all, we are extremely proud of Tynita," Head coach Curt Kraft said. "Anytime you get an award like this it's exciting for the university and our program. To get this after competing at the Penn Relays, which is one of the biggest events in the country, if not the world, is even more amazing. For Tynita to be able to go up on that stage and to perform at that level is amazing. It's another well-deserved award for her. Tynita is a very appreciative and humble young lady. She doesn't take this award for granted. She's very excited about receiving this award. I'm just so proud of her."
Over the weekend, Butts recorded a nation leading, career-best and school record-setting mark of 1.90-meters (6-02.75) to win the high jump at the Penn Relays. She also completed in the long jump where she placed fourth with a distance of 5.89-meters (19-04.00) before being named Field Athlete of the Meet.
"It's tough, but exciting competing at the Penn Relays," Butts said of her weekend performance. "It's one of the hardest places to high jump because of the turf, but the atmosphere is great. It was an amazing feeling."
While donning purple and gold, Butts has earned All-America status on five occasions and has represented East Carolina at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships. She is the school record holder in both the indoor (1.90-meters) and outdoor (1.90-meters) high jump as well as the outdoor long jump (6.22-meters, 20-05.00).
Butts is the first Pirate to collect C-USA Outdoor Athlete of the Week accolades this season. She earned the award along with UTSA's Richard Garrett, Jr., and Louisiana Tech's Trey Hadnot, who collected Co-Male Athlete of the Week honors.