April 17, 2014
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Fresh off hosting the inaugural Bill Carson Invitational, the East Carolina track and field program will head to Charlotte, N.C., to compete in the 49er Classic. The two-day competition is set to begin Friday, April 18 and wrap Saturday, April 19.
The Pirates go into the 49er Classic with a successful outdoor season under their belts thus far. During the 2014 outdoor campaign, ECU has set five school records and has recorded several personal-best times and marks.
Sophomore jumper Avion Jones is the school record holder in the men's high jump as he owns a clearance of 2.17-meters (7-01.50). On the women's side, Tyshonda Hawkins owns the school record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.41. Hawkins is also part of the 4x100-meter squad that includes Tania Minkins, Erin Tucker and Jasmine Dawson which set the standard with a time of 44.83. Tucker along with Leah Lott, Aminah Ghaffar and Jasmine Thompson are also the school record holders in the shuttle hurdle relay with a time of 59.26. Rounding out the record setting performances during the outdoor season is junior thrower Kayla Padgett who set the school record in the hammer throw with a heave of 63.50-meters (208-04.00).
East Carolina and Charlotte most recently squared off last weekend at the Bill Carson Invitational and the Pirates finished second on both sides as the women tallied 205 points, while the men registered 190. The 49ers, meanwhile, placed third on both the men's (140 points) and women's (164 points) side.
"Anytime we have a meet against Charlotte it's always a very competitive situation," Head coach Curt Kraft said. "Charlotte has very good programs on both sides. This also gives us a good measuring stick to see where we are because Charlotte is also in Conference USA."
The conference foes will face off in three of the final four weekends of action as the 49ers and Pirates battled it out last weekend at the Bill Carson Invitational, go up against each other this weekend at the 49er Classic and will go head-to-head again at the C-USA Outdoor Championships in Houston, Texas from May 15-18.
"We are coming off of a great weekend and we are hoping to carry this momentum into this weekend," Kraft explained. "I told our teams that we have to continue to improve, stay focused and remain healthy. If we can do those three things, we will be in position to do some good things for the rest of the season."