Jan. 17, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. –The East Carolina track and field program is set to compete in its first meet of 2013 as the Pirates head to Blacksburg, Va., to participate in the Virginia Tech Invitational. The two-day event begins on Friday, Jan. 18, and will conclude on Saturday, Jan. 19.
The Pirates opened the 2013 season last month when they competed at the Christopher Newport Invitational. At Christopher Newport, senior Tynita Butts recorded an NCAA Indoor qualifying mark en route to a first-place finish in the women’s high jump with her mark of 6-1.25 (1.86m). In addition to Butts’ impressive performance, several other Pirates earned first-place finishes.
Over the past month, the ECU track and field squad has worked tirelessly to prepare for the meet at Virginia Tech. The Pirates are looking to build on the remarkable season they had last year in which they set a single-season record when 21 student-athletes earned bids to the NCAA East Preliminaries.
“Both teams are very excited to compete after a long Christmas break,” Head Coach Curt Kraft stated. “As always, we expect each and every one of the athletes to compete to the best of their abilities. Getting better each and every week is a process, so as a coaching staff we have to encourage and continue to reinforce to stay positive and work hard.”
Following the Virginia Tech Invitational, ECU will travel to State College, Pa., to take part in the Penn State National from January 25-26.