Track & Field to Compete at Alex Wilson and Virginia Tech Invites
March 1, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. –The East Carolina track and field program will split the squad and send half of the Pirates to South Bend, Ind., to take part in the Alex Wilson Invite at Notre Dame, while the remainder of the team will head to Blacksburg, Va., to compete at the Virginia Tech Final Qualifier.
Last weekend, the Pirates won four events at the Conference USA Indoor Championships as the men placed third and the women finished fourth. Kayla Padgett won the women’s weight throw with an ECU school record mark of 20.03m (65-08.75) to lead the Lady Pirates. Montrell Morrow won the men’s weight throw with a mark of 19.95m (65-05.50) on the first day of the conference championships. On day two, Joseph Samuels won the men’s 60-meter hurdles finals with a time of 7.91, while Tynita Butts won her fourth high jump event of the indoor season as she leapt 1.83m (6-00.00).
The Pirates are one of more than 70 teams participating in the Alex Wilson Invitational at Notre Dame. The two-day event begins Friday, March 1 and concludes Saturday, March 2. Among those taking part in the Alex Wilson Invite are Samuels, Padgett and Morrow.
At Virginia Tech, ECU will be one of more than 50 schools at the meet. Like the Alex Wilson Invite, it will be a two-day meet running from Friday, March 1 to Saturday, March 2. Earlier this season, the Pirates competed at Virginia Tech and set five school records in Blacksburg, Va. Tiffany Harris led the squad with a career-best and school record time of 38.18 in the women’s 300-meter dash to win the event.
The Pirates will be back in action at the NCAA Championships Friday, March 8, in Fayetteville, Ark. The NCAA Championships will conclude on Saturday, March 9.