April 23, 2014
GREENVILLE, N.C. –The East Carolina track and field program will head to Philadelphia, Pa., for the Penn Relays this weekend at Franklin Field. The world’s oldest and largest relays, which have spanned 120 years, will begin Thursday, April 24 and conclude Saturday, April 26. Saturday’s events will be nationally televised on NBC Sports from 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
“Our student-athletes are always excited about competing at the Penn Relays,” Head coach Curt Kraft said. “This is one meet where we don’t have to motivate the kids to get excited because they already are. One of the biggest things that the Penn Relays offers us is great competition. We will be competing against teams from all across the country that will be pushing us to some great times for our whole team. Hopefully the weather will be great so that we can set some school records and have some lifetime bests.”
Last season, the Pirates turned in a strong showing at the Penn Relays as they came away with three new school records and four event victories. East Carolina claimed event titles in the men’s 4x200-meter relay, the men’s 4x800-meter relay, the men’s long jump, and the women’s hammer throw.
Kayla Padgett set a school record in the women’s discus throw with a then-record of 50.15-meters (164-06.00). Additionally, the women’s shuttle hurdle relay squad of Cheyenne Hutchinson, Erica Bell, Amber Holloway and Madison Rayfield set a then-standard with a time of 1:00.60, while the men’s 4x800-meter relay team of Antonio Palmer, Jakub Trzasalski, Mike Quercia and Dylan Traywick rewrote the record book with a time of 7:29.52 which still stands today.
The Penn Relays also marks the Pirates’ last meet prior to heading to Houston, Texas for the Conference USA Championships which will run from Thursday, May 15 to Sunday, May 18.
“[The Penn Relays] is our last big tune up before the Conference USA Championships in three weeks,” Kraft explained. “There are still some events that we need to make some improvements on so that we can move up the Conference USA list.”