Sophomore All-America Aiesha Goggins will attempt to defend her 400-meter title.
May 10, 2012
NEW ORLEANS, La. - After a few weeks off to rest and prepare, the East Carolina track and field program travels to New Orleans for the 2012 Conference USA Outdoor Championships. The meet is slated for May 11-13 at Tad Gormley Stadium with Tulane serving as the host institution.
The women are seeking a sweep of the indoor and outdoor titles after capturing their first-ever league crown in Birmingham earlier this year. Both squads will attempt to better their showings at last year's event, as the women turned in a fifth-place result while the men ended up in sixth.
Action is set to begin at 3 p.m. CT Friday with the heptathlon, followed by the decathlon at 3:30. Field events open the afternoon competition at 2 p.m., while the men's and women's 10,000-meter finals conclude the day at 8 p.m.
A pair of All-America Pirates enters the event as defending champions in their respective disciplines. Junior Tynita Butts captured the high jump title in Houston last year while sophomore Aiesha Goggins won the 400-meter dash in her league outdoor debut. Additionally, seven ECU athletes currently pace the league in their respective events in Brooke Kott (800-meter run), Brittany Copeland (1,500-meter run), Butts (high jump), Kim Kanala (hammer), Quinton Harley (400-meter hurdles), Dennis Aliotta (shot put) and Montrell Morrow (hammer).
In addition to winning conference titles, athletes can push toward securing spots in the NCAA East Preliminary Round scheduled for May 24-26 in Jacksonville, Fla. The top 48 in each event in the East region will take part. In 2011, East Carolina sent a program single-season-best 15 athletes to the regional championships.
Live video streaming of the championships is available on Saturday on all 12 member institutions' All-Access players as well as the C-USA All-Access player beginning at 5 p.m. CT. A subscription is required to view the C-USA live streaming on Saturday. Fox Sports Network will televise Sunday's final events on tape delay.
Fans can purchase an all-session ticket for $20 for adults and $10 for youth (12-17 years old) that is good for all three days of the championship. Single day tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for youth. Admission is free for children age 11 and under, and for students with valid ID cards who attend a C-USA member institution.
East Carolina Current Conference USA Leaders
|Brooke Kott||800-meter run||2:08.64||115th|
|Brittany Copeland||1,500-meter run||4:18.39||24th|
|Tynita Butts||High Jump||1.87m||2nd|
|Quinton Harley||400-meter hurdles||51.73||50th|
|Dennis Aliotta||Shot Put||18.14m||29th|