Track & Field Kicks Off the Season at Christopher Newport Invitational

UABSPORTS.COM Head Coach Curt Kraft with the women's indoor C-USA Championship trophy
Head Coach Curt Kraft with the women's indoor C-USA Championship trophy

Dec. 6, 2012

GREENVILLE, N.C. – The East Carolina track and field program begins the indoor season Saturday, Dec. 8, as the Pirates travel to Newport News, Va., to compete in the Christopher Newport Invitational.

ECU track and field is coming off of a record-breaking season in which a program single-season record 21 student-athletes earned bids to the NCAA East Preliminaries. With numerous key contributers returning, East Carolina looks to be a fierce competitor on the track and field once again.

“As a program, the goals always remain the same,” Head Coach Curt Kraft stated. “We’re always striving to be conference champions both on the men’s and the women’s side. The meet this weekend is just the beginning of this process. We’re excited to get the season off to a great start.”

The Pirates return a pair of United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Americans in seniors Tynita Butts and Quinton Harley. Butts returns to the Pirates after garnering First Team accolades for her third-place finish in the high jump, while Harley was awarded Honorable Mention status in the 400-meter hurdles after finishing in the Top-20.

East Carolina will compete in a handful of events including the Virginia Tech Invite (Jan. 18-19), a meet at Penn State (Jan. 25-26), and the Spire Invitational in Geneva, Ohio (Feb. 8) before competing at the Conference USA Championships in Birmingham, Ala., on Feb. 23 and 24, to conclude the indoor season.

With the outdoor season just around the corner, the Pirates are looking to prepare for meets at the Alex Wilson Invitational at Notre Dame (March 2) followed by a three-day meet at Charlotte (March 14-16), prior to competing at the VMI Multis in Lexington, Va., (March 22-23), the Quad Meet in Boone, N.C. (March 29-30) as well as the Raleigh Relays (March 29-30). Additionally, the outdoor schedule includes events at the Sea Relays in Knoxville, Tenn. (April 10-13), another meet at Charlotte on April 19, and the Penn Relays (April 25-27) before traveling to Houston, Texas, for the Conference USA Championships (May 9-12).