Junior Tynita Butts
June 4, 2012
NEW ORLEANS, La. - A few weeks after winning the NCAA East Preliminary Round title in the high jump, junior and three-time All-America performer Tynita Butts was selected the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Southeast Region Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year - according to a release Monday by the organization.
The honor completes a 2012 sweep of the USTFCCCA region indoor and outdoor field awards for Butts as she captured the indoor honor on March 5. She is the only Conference USA athlete, male or female, to pick up an outdoor region accolade. Butts posted a mark of 5-11.25 (1.81m) to share the NCAA East Region championship with Boston University's Allison Barwise.
A national title contender at this week's NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, Butts owns the second-best high jump mark in the collegiate ranks this season having cleared 6-1½ (1.87m) - an Olympic "A" standard and ECU program record. It will be Butts' second career appearance at the outdoor national championship, finishing seventh her freshman year. She recently won the C-USA outdoor high jump title for the third-straight season and placed sixth at the league championships in the long jump.
During the indoor campaign, the Alexandria, Va., native secured a mark of 6-0.83 (1.85m), the fifth-highest nationally, in the high jump at the Conference USA Indoor Championships to help East Carolina capture its first-ever indoor women's team title since joining the Dallas-based association.
Butts is scheduled to challenge for the national title Friday, June 8 beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET inside Drake Stadium. She is joined by teammates Dennis Aliotta (shot put) and Quinton Harley (400-meter hurdles) who are making their first-ever appearances at the national championship.