Pirate Men's Track Tallies 13 Top Five Finishes at Clemson Invite
April 9, 2006
CLEMSON, S.C. - East Carolina turned in 13 top five standings and two athletes, junior thrower Eric Frasure and freshman sprinter Brandon Small earned NCAA Regional qualification, to lead the Pirates to a third-place finish at the Clemson Invitational held at the Rock Norman Track over the weekend.
ECU recorded a total of 108 points, 112 behind host and meet champion Clemson and just 39 points short of second-place finisher Western Carolina. The Pirates stood ahead of VMI (76), The Citadel (68) and Howard (58).
Frasure captured all three events competed in, winning the discus (51.49 meters), shot put (personal-record of 16.24) and the hammer throw after logging a season-best and NCAA Regional qualifying mark of 61.52. Junior Terrance Myers added a third-place finish in the hammer with an effort of 53.23 meters.
Small stood second in the 400-meter dash after turning in a time of 46.99, besting the NCAA Regional Qualifying mark of 47.26. Senior Bryson Bowling, a former wide receiver in the Pirates' football program, ran his top career time (48.12) in the same event to finish third.
Other top five track results include Reggie Williams Jr. (200 meters/5th/personal-record 21.63), senior Hector Cotto (110-meter hurdles/4th/14.36) and freshman Christopher Belfiore (3,000-meter steeplechase/2nd/personal-record 9:50.02). In addition, freshmen Akintunde Abisogun (6.65) and Melvin Chestnut (6.59) stood second and third, respectively, in the long jump competition.
ECU featured a pair of 4x100 relay squads which finished third and fourth. The Pirates "A" unit, consisting of Williams, senior DeAndre Hyman, freshman David Rucker and freshman Kevin Thompson teamed up for a 41.35 effort while the "B" quartet (Abisogun, Bowling, Chestnut and freshman Trevor James) came in fourth with a time of 42.25.
East Carolina will be back in action next weekend when it participates at the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn.