Feb. 27, 2014
GREENVILLE, N.C. – The East Carolina track and field program heads to Birmingham, Ala., to compete in the Conference USA Indoor Championship on Friday, February 28 and Saturday, March 1. The weekend also marks the last day an NCAA qualifying performance may be achieved.
During the indoor season, the Pirates have seen much success as they have won numerous events, set seven school records and the men’s squad captured the inaugural Carolina Cup. This weekend at the Conference USA Indoor Championships, ECU looks to build on the solid season they have already put together.
“Both the men’s and women’s teams have had great seasons up to this point,” Head Coach Curt Kraft said. “There are a lot of goals that we have set going into the C-USA Championships, but one of the most important things that we have to focus on is improvement. If both teams focus on doing the best they can do in each and every event, then that’s all we can ask as a coaching staff.”
East Carolina will send 16 seniors to compete in their last C-USA Indoor Championship of their career to the Birmingham Crossplex this weekend. Seniors Erin Tucker and Brooke Kott have seen a record-setting year for themselves as the pair set the standard in two events. Tucker owns the ECU women’s 60-meter hurdles record with a time of 8.31, while Kott’s time of 2:52.03 in the 1,000-meter run is also a school record. On the men’s side, senior Henry Johnson set the East Carolina record in the pole vault as he posted a clearance of 5.20-meters (17-00.75).
“I am confident that there is a lot of passion, enthusiasm and focus with both squads,” Kraft said. “I think one of the things that will lead us to success this weekend is our senior leadership. We have 16 seniors on these teams that have worked very hard over the years. If we do what we are capable of doing, then I think it will be a very special and memorable weekend for both the men’s and women’s teams.”
The Conference USA Indoor Championships will kick off on Friday, February 28 with the multi-events at 9 a.m., followed by jumps beginning at noon and some of the running events at 5 p.m. The final day of competition will begin Saturday, March 1 at 10 a.m. with the heptathlon. The remaining field events will take place at noon and the running events will commence at 2 p.m. All times listed are Central Time.