Pirates Turn In Strong Performances At Louisville Classic
Oct. 1, 2011
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Facing the stiffest competition of the season running against 26 regionally ranked squads, the East Carolina women’s squad finished ninth of 30 and the men’s team placed 25th of 33 Saturday at the 10th Annual Greater Louisville Classic. The event, held at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park, featured more than 2,000 athletes representing 96 NCAA Division I, Division II and Division III as well as NAIA and NJCAA schools.
The women placed three Pirates in the top 25 while the men had four of the five runners set personal-best times. After earning the first regional ranking in program history, the women's squad turned in another strong performance led by the senior trio of Tara Wilson, Amanda Lapp and Brittany Copeland, who finished in 23rd, 24th and 25th place, respectively. Reigning Conference USA Male Athlete-of-the-Week Jakub Trzasalski paced the men's squad with a career-low 25:43.08 mark in the 8K to finish 28th overall. He beat his previous best time by more than two minutes.
On the women's side, Wilson completed the 5K in 17:37.49, only four seconds shy of her personal-best time. The mark was also the sixth fastest in Pirate history. Finishing just behind was Lapp, who established a career low for the third-straight week with a 17:37.56 performance, the seventh fastest in the ECU record book. Copeland, this week's Conference USA Female Athlete-of-the-Week, wrapped up the top group, running the 5K in 17:39.57. Her time was also good for a place on the Pirates' top-10 list, tying for eighth.
Setting a career-best time of 18:44.96 to finish in 141th place was sophomore Stephanie Fresenius. Classmate Amanda Tomlin was not far behind with an 18:56.51 mark to claim 163rd.
Two more sophomores rounded out the women's squad in Chelsea Hollingsworth and Kelley Miko. Hollingsworth took 201st after completing the event in 19:11.31 while Miko placed 232nd with a time of 19:39.90.
For the men, Trzasalski's personal-best time led the squad. It is the third-straight meet in which Trzasalski's time has been the first to count toward ECU's team score. The other top-100 performance for the Pirates was turned in by sophomore Michael Quercia, who completed the race in 26:23.17 to come in 99th. Quercia's time was more than one minute better than his previous best 8K.
Junior Antonio Palmer was not far behind, finishing 115th with a time of 26:36.02. A pair of freshmen wrapped up the men's contingent with Adam Morrow and Tevin Richardson both establishing career-best times by nearly one minute. Morrow clocked out at 27:35.36 to place 214th while Richardson's 28:10.8 mark was good for 235th.
The Pirates take next weekend off before returning to action Friday, Oct. 14, at the Panorama Farms Invitational in Charlottesville, Va.