Feb. 16, 2014
WINSTON SALEM, N.C. - The East Carolina track and field program continued its successful indoor season as the Pirates set two more school records at the JDL Fast Track Invitational over the weekend.
"Anytime your teams are setting school records that shows a definite sign of improvement," Head Coach Curt Kraft said. "We are extremely proud of the steady improvement both teams have made over the past few weeks."
Sophomore jumper Avion Jones led the Pirates at the JDL Fast Track Invitational as he set the school record in the high jump with a mark of 2.19-meters (7-02.25). His tally was good for first place in the event as his mark was nearly three inches better than the second-place finisher.
Henry Johnson, a senior out of Smithfield, N.C., bettered his previous school-record mark in the pole vault by 4.75 inches as he tallied a clearance of 5.20-meters (17-00.75) for a second place finish in the seeded event. Finishing behind Johnson was Aaron Zakula who placed third with a mark of 4.90-meters (16-00.75).
In addition to the pair of school records that were broken at the JDL Fast Track Invitational, several Pirates registered new personal best times and marks for themselves. Overall, 11 women registered personal-best times and nine men tallied lifetime bests.
Sophomore Adam Tuck recorded a new lifetime best mark of 4.70-meters (15-05.00) in the pole vault (unseeded) to claim first. He and Jones were the only two Pirates to win events at the invitational.
Senior Chloe Early recorded a new personal-best mark in the weight throw as she notched a heave of 17.33-meters (56-10.25) for a fourth place finish. Early's mark moved her into sixth place on the East Carolina all-time records list.
Taylor Drummonds tied her previous lifetime best mark in the pole vault with a mark of 3.60-meters (11-09.75) to finish seventh in the event. Her clearance is good for a sixth-place tie in the ECU record book. Drummonds came in just behind redshirt junior Kathryn Warner who placed sixth with an identical mark of 3.60-meters (11-09.75).
"We have one more tune up before the Conference USA Indoor Championships," Kraft said. "It is very important that we stay healthy and have great practices over the next two weeks. Both squads are extremely excited for the C-USA Indoor Championships."
The Pirates' final meet before the conference championships will take place on Saturday, February 22, at the UNC Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C.