March 20, 2014
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Following the conclusion of the indoor season, the East Carolina track and field program will hit the track beginning Friday, March 21 to open the outdoor campaign at the Carolina Relays. The two-day competition will conclude on Saturday, March 22.
"We are very excited about kicking off the outdoor season at UNC Chapel Hill this weekend," Head coach Curt Kraft said. "Both teams are excited about getting outdoors and enjoying some sunshine. Hopefully we will take the momentum that we created from the indoor season and carry that into the outdoor season. I always preach to our teams that you have to make the most of your opportunities, so this will be the first of many outdoor meets."
During the outdoor season, the Pirates will travel to such places as Gainesville, Fla., for the Florida Relays and Philadelphia, Pa., for the Penn Relays. 2014 also marks the first-ever home event at East Carolina University as the Pirates host the Bill Carson Invitational on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12. The meet will include such track programs as South Carolina, UNC Wilmington and Charlotte.
This weekend, East Carolina will see action in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Pirates have had success at the University of North Carolina as ECU's indoor men's squad won the Dick Taylor Invitational to claim the inaugural Carolina Cup in January.
Last year, the Pirates had a solid outdoor season that culminated in a trip to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Lauren Lubarski and Kayla Padgett represented ECU well in Eugene, Ore., as the duo earned a pair of top 25 finishes.
Lubarski finished 17th in the women's javelin throw after tallying a mark of 45.37-meters (148-10.00). She is currently the school record holder in the event with a mark of 48.32-meters (158-06.00). Padgett placed 24th at the NCAA Championships in the women's hammer throw with a heave of 52.44-meters (172-00.00). She owns a school record mark in both the outdoor shot put (15.16-meters, 49-09.00) and discus (51.78-meters, 169-10.00).
East Carolina looks to continue to build on the success from last year as the Pirates kick off the 2014 outdoor season on Friday.