ECU Heads to Indoor C-USA Championships to Defend Title

The Pirates will compete in the two-day event beginning February 24

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GREENVILLE, NC Feb. 22, 2013 – The East Carolina track and field program heads to Birmingham, Ala., for the Indoor Conference USA Championships which take place from Saturday, February 24 – Sunday, February 25. The Lady Pirates are the defending conference champions after claiming their first-ever title last year.

2013 C-USA Indoor Track & Field Championship

“Both of our teams have worked extremely hard all indoor season,” Head Coach Curt Kraft said. “We as a coaching staff are very proud of all the accomplishments that we have achieved up to this point. Both the men’s and women’s teams know very clearly what the goals of the meet are. Both sides of our squads are focused at the task at hand and we are excited to see what they will do at the Conference USA Championships.”

The Pirates have had a notable indoor season thus far as they have rewritten the ECU record book numerous times after having set five school records at Virginia Tech and repeated that performance two weeks later as they set an additional five school records at the Penn State National. Along with the record-setting efforts by the Pirates, ECU has also recorded an abundance of personal bests as many student-athletes have etched their names into the ECU Indoor Top 10 list.

Senior Tynita Butts’ outstanding performance at the Penn State National earned her a Co-Conference USA Female Athlete of the Week honor after she notched a then-second-best mark in the nation, an ECU school record, as well as a new meet and facility record with her personal-best mark of 6-02.75 (1.90m) for a first-place finish.

Most recently, junior sprinter Tyshonda Hawkins garnered her first-ever Conference USA Female Athlete of the Week award after winning the women’s 60-meter dash finals at the Kent Taylor Invitational at UNC with a time of 7.48. She was just .04 seconds shy of tying her personal record of 7.44, which she set at the Penn State National.

In addition to Butts’ and Hawkins’ efforts, the ECU track and field squad has had a number of student-athletes step up and compete this season as the Pirates will look defend the women’s title which they captured last season with 123 points en route to head coach Curt Kraft being named 2012 women’s Coach of the Year. The men’s squad finished third, their best-ever finish, with 90.5 points.

After the Conference USA Championships, the Pirates will be back at it again on Friday, March 1, as half of the squad will compete at the Virginia Tech Invitational, while the remainder will head to the Alex Wilson Invite at Notre Dame. Both events will conclude on Saturday, March 2.