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 South Carolina.