GREENVILLE, N.C. (ECU Media Relations ) The East Carolina track and field program wrapped up a highly successful weekend by winning both the men’s and women’s team titles at the third annual Bill Carson Invitational at the Minges Family Field at Bate Foundation Track & Field Facility.
The titles are the first in program history after South Carolina won the previous two meets.
“I could not be happier as the head coach of this program,” Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Curt Kraft said. “We as a coaching staff have had a goal to win both the men’s and women’s team titles since we started this meet three years ago. That goal was accomplished this weekend.
“I was really proud of the effort that both teams displayed over the past two days. Both teams were very excited to keep both trophies here at home for the first time in three years. It was also very exciting to see a great crowd out here this weekend supporting both our men’s and women’s teams. I take a lot of pride in hosting this meet each and every year on this great facility that we have here. Only two hours removed since the meet ended and I am very excited to host the 2017 Bill Carson Invitational.”
The women racked up a final total of 215.33 points – less than one point away from matching the meet record. NC State and Troy finished second and third on the women’s side with 111 and 104.50 points. As for the men, the Pirates turned in a total of 164 points while Coastal Carolina and Troy captured second and third with 153.50 and 121.50 points respectively.
East Carolina captured nine event titles in all over the weekend and turned in a number of top three finishes across the board. Senior Avion Jones won the high jump with a season-best mark of 2.20 meters and supplemented that effort with a second-place result in the triple jump at 15.27 meters.
A trio of ladies snatched event titles in the field as sophomore Jada Cunningham won the long jump (5.72m), senior Kayla Padgett took the hammer title (62.57m) and sophomore Galissia Cause topped the field in the shot put (14.92m).
On the track, senior Janieyah Collins finished first in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:02.32, junior Caitlyn Sheva won the 3,000-meter steeplechase – crossing the line in 11:31.67 and freshman Tia Jackson captured the 400-meter run title with a time of 57.44.
Freshman Stefano Migliorati and sophomore Pol Solanelles won their respective mid-distance events with times of 1:52.92 and 3:59.16 in the 800 and 1,500-meter disciplines.
With its home meet in the books, East Carolina will return to action in two weeks when the Pirates travel to Durham for the Duke Twilight Meet April 22-23.Bill Carson Invitational Final Team ScoresMen
East Carolina 164
Coastal Carolina 153.50
High Point 93
NC State 62
The Citadel 30Women
East Carolina 215.33
NC State 111
Coastal Carolina 96.33
High Point 79
The Citadel 18