Five school records are rewritten, while ECU wins six events
BLACKSBURG, VA Jan. 20, 2013 – The East Carolina track and field team had a record-setting weekend at the Virginia Tech Invitational as five different student-athletes set new school records in their respective events. Additionally, the men’s and women’s squads each won three events in the men’s 60-meter, 200-meter, and weight throw, along with the women’s 300-meter, 4×400-meter relay, and weight throw.
“Anytime you leave a track meet having set five school records and numerous lifetime bests, you feel really good about what your teams have accomplished,” Head Coach Curt Kraft said. “The past weekend’s meet has generated a lot of confidence and enthusiasm for the rest of the indoor season. We as a coaching staff feel very good about the upcoming meets.”
Tiffany Harris won the women’s 300-meter with a career-best and school record time of 38.18. Tyshonda Hawkins finished second with a personal-best time of 38.39, while Aalayah Faulcon (40.23) and Krystyna Watts (41.69) each recorded times that mark in the ECU women’s indoor Top 10.
Despite finishing fourth in the women’s 1,000-meter, Olivia Slate’s time of 2:54.09 was good enough to better the previous ECU record set by former Pirate Kay Livick, whose time of 2:54.28 was set in 2001.
In the women’s 60-meter hurdles finals, Erin Tucker bested her previous personal best and school record time of 8.53 from last season by .01 seconds as she placed second with a time of 8.52.
On the men’s side, Drew Kanz tied the East Carolina men’s high jump record of 7-1 (2.16m) which was set in 1981 by former Pirate Russell Parker. Kanz’s mark was good for a second-place finish and is a new personal-best for the senior.
Henry Johnson led the Pirates in the men’s pole vault as he set a new school record with a mark of 15-9.75 (4.82m) for a sixth place finish. His teammates, Aaron Zakula (15-3.75 (4.67m)) and Stephen Hodapp (15-3.75 (4.67m)), tied for seventh in the event.
In addition to the five new records that were set, the ECU women’s team of Aalayah Faulcon, Tiffany Harris, Tania Minkins and Tyshonda Hawkins won the women’s 4×400-meter relay with a time of 3:44.45 to slide into eighth place in the ECU women’s indoor top 10.
Kayla Padgett had another standout performance as the sophomore posted a new personal-best mark of 59-8.25 (18.19m) for a first-place finish in the women’s weight throw. Her mark is also good for second in the ECU women’s indoor top 10. Teammate Chloe Early placed fifth in the event with a 53-6.5 (16.32m) mark to earn a spot in the top 10.
Cameron Hudson earned a pair of first-place finishes as he won the men’s 60-meter finals with a personal-best time of 6.79 which is also good for eighth on the ECU men’s indoor top 10 list. Hudson came back and recorded another career-best time of 21.67 to win the men’s 200-meter.
In the field, Montrell Morrow won the men’s weight throw with a season-best mark of 63-7.5 (19.39m).
Junior Chelsea Hollingsworth’s time of 9:59.98 in the women’s 3,000-meter was good for a second-place finish and ranks third in the ECU women’s indoor top 10 list. Hollingsworth also ranks third in the ECU record books with her 4: 58.13 time in the mile run for a seventh-place finish.
Slate, who had set a new ECU record earlier that day, came back and turned in a solid performance for a seventh-place finish in the women’s 3,000-meter event with her time of 10:13.66.
Senior Britney Kott garnered an excellent performance as she raced unattached in the 800-meter and finished in second place with a time of 2:14.43.
The Pirates are looking to continue their hot start as they head to State College, Pa., next week for the Penn State National which begins on Friday, January 25 and concludes on Saturday, January 26.