Jan. 30, 2014
GREENVILLE, N.C. -The East Carolina track and field squad will make an appearance at one of the most prestigious indoor meets in the country as the Pirates head to State College, Pa., to compete at the Penn State National. The meet begins on Friday, January 31 and will conclude on Saturday, February 1.
"We look forward to this meet every year," Head Coach Curt Kraft said. "This is the time of the year when we really start coming together. This meet will be the best competition that we have faced up to this point. Our teams look at this meet as another opportunity to improve and move up in Conference USA."
So far this season, the Pirates have set a pair of school records as senior Henry Johnson broke the ECU school record in the pole vault after recording a clearance of 5.00-meters (16-04.75) at the Dick Taylor UNC Challenge last week. On the women's side, junior Kayla Padgett set the standard in the weight throw as she tallied a mark of 21.55-meters (70-08.50) in the event at the Virginia Tech Invitational.
Last season, East Carolina turned in a solid effort at the Penn State National as the Pirates set five school records and won four events. In that meet, redshirt senior Tynita Butts recorded the second-best mark in the nation, set an ECU record, as well as a new meet, facility, and Penn State University record in the women's high jump with a mark of 1.90-meters (6-02.75).
This weekend, the Pirates will go up against top competition in the nation as the Penn State Nationals will include such teams as Stanford, Villanova, Georgetown, Syracuse, Dartmouth, Pittsburgh, Iowa State, West Virginia, and Penn State.