Hometown: Raeford, N.C.
Sport: Track & Field (1977-80)
Coach: Laurie Arrants
Twenty years after her career ended, Minnie McPhatter still stands as one of the
most successful women's track and field stars in ECU history. In 1979, McPhatter
became the first female athlete in East Carolina track history to qualify for the National
Championship meet (AIAW). The next year during her senior season, McPhatter was
ranked 16th in the nation in the 800 meters before earning the ECU women's track
program's first ever All-America honor at the national meet.
At home, she set the ECU varsity record in the 800 meters (2:06.30) and set meet records at the 1979 and 1980 NCAIAW Track
Championships. In all, she set at least one school record in each of the four seasons
she lettered. Her records were not just confined within the state as
she set track records at prestigious meets at Maryland, Richmond, North Carolina and