Lady Pirate Track Enjoys Success at Season-Opening Indoor Meet
Jan. 15, 2006
BLACKSBURG, Va. - East Carolina women's track athletes earned six first-place sectional heat finishes while 20 established new personal records to highlight the beginning of the Curt Kraft coaching era at the season-opening Virginia Tech Invitational Saturday.
Freshman Shaliece Anderson (42.44), sophomore Portia Baker (40.43), senior Terri Davenport (40.08) and sophomore Chante Sessoms (42.23) all turned in personal-best times while capturing heat titles in the 300-meter dash. In addition, sophomore Kerry Girona won her heat in the 500-meter run with a career-best time of 1:23.09 while freshman Hollie Brooks stood first in an 800-meter run heat, recording a time of 2:25.89.
Other ECU sectional heat performances of note include a second-place standing by Davenport in the 200 meters (25.21) and third-place finishes by sophomore Aisha Bilal-Mack (1:18.88) and Erinn Latta (1:25.21) in the 500-meter run. The pair also stood fourth in separate 800-meter heats with 2:23.06 and 2:36.00 times, respectively.
The Lady Pirates' "A" 4x400 relay squad, consisting of Anderson, Baker, Bilal-Mack and Simone Baptiste, posted an ECAC qualifying time of 3:58.42 and finished third in its heat, while the "B" quartet (Girona, Jaslyn Grullon, Jenee Moore and Deirdre Parrish) stood fourth with a clocking of 4:19.55.
Kraft was appointed to head ECU's women's track program August 8, 2005 after a 14-year affiliation with the University of Nevada, where he spent 10 honor-producing seasons as head women's track and field coach. He was a three-time coach-of-the-year selection (Western Athletic Conference, Big West Conference) who guided a Wolf Pack squad to consistent placement among the nation's top 25 of the National Collegiate Division I Team Power Rankings.
The Lady Pirates will return to action Saturday at the O'Connell Center in Gainesville, Fla., to compete in the Gator Invitational.