April 3, 2014
GREENVILLE, N.C. – After opening the outdoor season with a strong showing at the Carolina Relays, the East Carolina track and field program will be back at it on Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5 at the Florida Relays. The Pirates are looking to continue their hot start as they send their top competitors to Gainesville, Fla.
In the season opener, the Pirates won 10 events as three relay teams claimed first place. A handful of student-athletes turned in personal-best performances and they look to build on their efforts this weekend.
The Florida Relays meet was originally scheduled as the Pirates’ third outdoor meet of the year, however, last weekend’s Mountains vs. Beaches meet was cancelled due to inclement weather in the area. With the unexpected off weekend, the Pirates were able to use that time to prepare for the Florida Relays and going up against some of the nation’s competition.
“We are extremely excited to finally get a meet in where the competition and the weather are going to be working in our favor,” Head coach Curt Kraft said. “We will see some of the best teams in the country this weekend. As I have always told our teams, an opportunity is only what you make of it. I am confident that we can come away with some good performances that will move us up in the Conference USA standings. Up to this point in the season we really have not had much to write about either because of the weather or the competition that we’ve seen. We have no excuses after this weekend.”
The last time East Carolina saw action at the Florida Relays, the Pirates produced a banner weekend that included seven school-record setting performances and a pair of event victories in 2012. Several of the student-athletes who contributed to record setting efforts two years ago will be back in action this weekend.