GREENVILLE, N.C.East Carolina begins its indoor season this weekend, heading to the University of South Carolina for the Carolina Challenge. The two-day meet (Jan. 21-22) will take place inside the Carolina Indoor Track and Field Complex.  

“Both teams are extremely excited to compete at our first indoor meet of the 2022 season,” Director of Men’s and Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country Curt Kraft said. “As crazy as this sounds, our entire team has not competed as a full unit in an indoor meet in almost 2 years. With that being said, the expectations remain the same. I fully expect the kids to come out and compete with a lot of passion and excitement.” 

The Pirates have four meets to prepare for the American Athletic Conference Indoor Championships, scheduled for Feb. 25-26 in Birmingham, Ala. Last year’s meet was canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic.  

Back for one last season is Sommer Knight who most recently finished third in the pole vault at the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore. She set the school record at the meet, clearing 3.45 meters. Brooke Stith and Mackenzie Whitaker also return as threats to reach nationals in the triple jump and multis. 

On the men’s side, athletes to keep an eye on include hurdlers Terence Booth, Jr. and Asa Simmons as well as jumper Niejel Wilkins.  

“I think we have to use this first meet as a beginning point to our season and build upon the success that we achieve over the weekend,” Kraft added. “The great news about our teams this year is that we have a lot of great upperclassman leadership. Hopefully, that leadership is on display this weekend.” 

Men’s Entries
60-meter Dash: Royal Burris, Terence Booth, Jr., Blake Mathews
200-meter Dash: Zach Wadas, Zack Ray
800-meter Run: RJ Russell, Coleman Ferrell, Kayin Fails
Mile: Ethan Corrigan
3000-meter Run: Jack Dingman, Zach Morse
5000-meter Run: Matthew Russell, Chase Osborne, Ethan Hageman, Colin McCauley
60-meter High Hurdles: Terence Booth, Jr., Asa Simmons
High Jump: Blake Mathews
Long Jump: Niejel Wilkins
Triple Jump: Niejel Wilkins, Nathaniel Williams
Shot Put: Logan Carroll, Starrett Vesper 

Women’s Entries
60-meter Dash: Makhia Jarrett, Rosalynd Hollingsworth, Melicia Mouzzon, Sydni McMillan, Naturi Robinson, Mackenzie Whitaker
200-meter Dash: Leya Essex
400-meter Dash: Nyah Gore
800-meter Run: Lily Schlossberg, Shellbi Chapman, Brooke Lindsay, Emily Baba, Jordyn Jeffers
Mile: Hailey Yentz, Makayla Obremski
3000-meter Run: Lindsay Yentz, Madeline Hill, Jenna Strange, Alyssa Zack
5000-meter Run: Allysa Combs, Paxton Chitty, Alex Montoya
60-meter High Hurdles: Sydni McMillan
High Jump: Molly Stecker
Pole Vault: Sommer Knight, Mia Alamo-Worley, Lena Calkins, Rileigh Cardin
Long Jump: Brooke Stith, Bria Stith, L’nya Carpenter
Triple Jump: Brooke Stith, Bria Stith, L’nya Carpenter
Shot Put: Naadiya Faison, Destiny Griffin, Rebekah Bergquist, Mackenzie Whitaker
Weight Throw: Naadiya Faison, Destiny Griffin, Rebekah Bergquist