Butts Nabs High Jump Gold Medal At NACAC U23 Championships

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July 8, 2012

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GUANAJUATO, Mexico - While East Carolina junior All-America Tynita Butts has won a number of events on home soil the last several seasons, she can now add an international title to her repertoire as she captured the high jump gold medal at the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) U23 Championships held this weekend in Mexico.

Butts and Canadian Michelle Theophille both cleared the bar at 1.82 meters, but Butts did it in less misses to claim the top spot on the podium. The other American representative, Boston University's Allison Barwise, finished third with a mark of 1.74 meters. Butts is the third United States athlete to win gold in the event's six-year history.

To earn a spot the NACAC Under-23 Team, an athlete must have achieved the applicable NACAC qualifying standard in a sanctioned or recognized USATF, IAAF, college or high school (but not dual or triangular) competition. Butts' personal-best mark of 1.87 meters was more than enough to qualify her for selection to the squad.

The win capped off quite a season for Butts, who recently took seventh at the United States Olympic Trials. At the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships, she won the bronze medal in the high jump and posted the highest-ever finish (third) in program history for a female athlete. As a result, she was named a United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association First-Team All-America performer - the fourth All-America accolade of her career. Additionally, Butts took her third-straight Conference USA outdoor high jump title in May in New Orleans.

For more information about the NACAC U23 Championships, log on to the official website of USA Track and Field at www.usatf.org.