East Carolina’s women’s team was in contention for an American Athletic Conference outdoor track and field championship throughout the three-day event in Cincinnati and taking second place gave the Pirates their best-ever finish in the meet.
ECU took the lead during Day 2 of the championships. It had an 11-point edge in the women’s standings going into Sunday, but Houston surged during the final track-heavy day of competition to sweep the men’s and women’s titles. The UH women scored 113 points and the Pirates were second with 91.
“The women’s team has worked extremely hard the past four years to arrive at this moment,” coach Curt Kraft said in a release. “To say that this was a team accomplishment would truly be an understatement. To accomplish what we did this weekend takes a lot of work by the coaching staff and the athletes. I am extremely proud of everybody who has put work into this achievement.”
ECU’s men finished in seventh place. They got a gold medal when Stefano Migliorati successfully defended his 800-meter crown by recording a time of 1 minute, 51.06 seconds.
Galissia Cause captured the women’s discus league championship with a score of 52.20 meters. It marked the second straight year a Pirate won the event. Grace Sullivan took the silver medal in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Cause was second in the shot put Sunday.
The opening day Friday featured ECU’s Mohogany Baker winning the hammer throw with a mark of 59.40 meters. Ryan Davis claimed silver in the men’s hammer with a meet-record total of 62.90 meters.
Bulldogs in losers’ bracket
Pitt Community College fell to the losers’ bracket at the Region X baseball tournament in upset fashion Sunday when No. 5 seed Brunswick CC handed No. 1 PCC a 7-4 loss.
PCC then advanced by beating Bryant & Stratton College 10-2 in eight innings.
The tourney, which is being held in Burlington, is double elimination and Pitt is still looking to make the championship round scheduled for Tuesday.
Sunday’s early loss ended a seven-game win streak for the Bulldogs.
Patrick Henry and Brunswick were the two teams to make the semifinals without a loss. The tourney winner will be named Southeast District champion and receive an automatic bid to the NJCAA Division II World Series, which PCC earned a season ago.
South Central shines
Pitt County once again had a strong showing during the track and field East Regionals this weekend, including South Central at the 4-A level.
Dexter McDuffie got a few medals for SC, winning the 300-meter hurdles in 39.50 seconds and he took second place in the 110 hurdles.
Other top-three South Central finishers were: Jyquan Sheppard, third, high jump; Emannuel Lewis, second, triple jump; Jeremy Lewis, second, discus; Girls 4x100 relay, second; Ninevah Reddick, third, triple jump.
J.H. Rose’s Jordan Sales, only a sophomore, continued her already-stellar career by winning the 200-meter dash in 25.14 seconds, and she was second in the 100M. Teammate Janequa Wilson took third in the 300 hurdles.
D.H. Conley had a pair of second-place finishes in Zach Tucker (personal-best 1:58, 800m) and Coleman Ferrell in the 400m (50.20) to go with fifth place in the 200m.
Keziah Everett was dominant in the shot put for Farmville Central, winning with a throw of 53-08.50 for a winning margin of more than five feet.
Ayden-Grifton’s girls collected a slew of medals, led by Halei Ward running to victory in the 1,600 meters (5:42.42) and 3,200m (13:01.21). Zy'kierah Andrews won the long jump in 17-00.75.
Ayden-Grifton’s Antonio Jones was a winner in the discus at 149-05.00, and Nautika Newton from North Pitt took first in the 100 hurdles in 16.27.
The Chargers took first in the girls’ 4x100 meter relay.
Also in the top-three from Pitt County were: Aale'Yah Garris (A-G), second, 300 hurdles; A-G girls 4x800 relay, second; Sincere King (NP), second, 400m.
Honors for Rose lacrosse
The impact of a program-record 13-win season by J.H. Rose boys’ lacrosse this year was felt when postseason awards were announced.
Rose sophomore attacker Gabe Smith was named NCHSAA Conference 2 player of the year. Nick Brillant earned the rookie of the year award, and conference first-team honors went Grant Irons and Michael Skahill for the Rampants.