Coppin State's Pitts chasing NCAA titles

June 01, 1994|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer

Diana Pitts owns 12 track records at Coppin State. She was the first track All-America in school history.

Now the senior runner who single-handedly brought Coppin State track some national recognition has only two more races left in her collegiate career. Pitts will compete in the 400- and 800-meter runs today at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships in Boise, Idaho.

On Saturday at the ECAC championships at George Mason University, Pitts ran the nation's second-fastest collegiate time in the 800 this year (2:02.73). That set ECAC and George Mason Stadium records.

She had qualified for the NCAA championships in the 800 with a time of 2:05.78 in winning that event at the Florida Invitational on May 1.

Two weeks ago at the George Mason/Mizuno Invitational, Pitts won the 400 in 52.56, the fifth fastest collegiate time this spring and broke the school record that she set earlier this year.

Pitts undoubtedly is the most versatile runner in Coppin State history. She won the 200 and 400 at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championships in April to expand her list of conference titles to the 200, 400, 800, 1,500 and 3,000.

Pitts dominated the MEAC indoor meet last winter. She won the 800 and 3,000, establishing new conference records.

Pitts also claimed the 1,500, an event in which she set conference record last year, as well as running the winning leg of the 800 relay team.

The middle-distance specialist also excelled in cross country races of three miles. After winning the MEAC individual title in 1992, she finished second this year, 37 seconds behind teammate Annette Williams as Coppin State took the team title.

Pitts has qualified for the NCAA championships for her third straight year, and is now considered a legitimate threat.

Two years ago, she ran the 800 after just a half-dozen tries. Last year at NCAAs, Pitts became Coppin State's first track All-America, finishing ninth in the 800 meters in 2:08.08.

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