Track & Field Begins Outdoor Season at Charlotte

Tynita Butts

March 14, 2013

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GREENVILLE, N.C. –After a successful indoor season, the East Carolina track and field program looks to keep the momentum going into the outdoor season which begins on Thursday, March 14, at the 49er Classic in Charlotte, N.C.

The Pirates wrapped up the indoor season last week at the NCAA Indoor Championships in which senior Tynita Butts took second place in the women’s high jump as she tied her career-best and school record mark of 1.90m (6-02.75).

With the outdoor season right around the corner, ECU will focus on continuing its hot start to 2013.

“We have to take the momentum from the indoor season into the outdoor season and continue to build on the energy that we have created as a team,” Head Coach Curt Kraft stated. “We have to stay focused and work hard each and every day if we want to accomplish our goals in the outdoor season.”

Last year, the Pirate women finished second in the Conference USA Outdoor Championships, while the men’s team placed fourth. Senior Dennis Aliotta won Performance of the Meet honors after setting a program and conference record in the men’s shot put with a mark of 19.39m (63-07.50).

ECU sent a trio of Pirates in Butts, Quinton Harley, and Aliotta to the NCAA Outdoor Championships last year. Harley finished in the top 20 in the men’s 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.96, while Butts earned a third-place finish in the high jump with a mark of 1.87m (6-01.50), and Aliotta concluded his ECU career with a 10th-place finish in the men’s shot put with a mark of 18.92m (62-01.00).

East Carolina will compete in the three-day meet which features nearly 50 programs from across the nation. The 49er Classic will begin on Thursday, March 14, and conclude on Saturday, March 16.