Pirates win two events at Carolina Challenge

COLOMBIA, South Carolina – East Carolina opened its indoor track season in strong fashion at the Carolina Challenge this weekend on the University of South Carolina campus.

“I think both teams competed very well for the first meeting of the season, all things considered,” said the director of athletics and cross country men’s and women’s. Curt Kraft noted. “We certainly had some highlights with summer knight win the pole vault and Brooke Stith do the triple jump. Both teams were very grateful to be competing again.”

Knight, who finished third at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the pole vault last spring, tied his own indoor program record of 4.15 meters to defeat Power 5 opponents from Georgia Tech, Ohio State. , Auburn and South Carolina. Stith completed a triple jump of 12.71 yards to edge Ohio State’s Jamie Robinson who had a total of 12.69 yards. Stith also qualified for the 60 meter hurdles final where she finished sixth with a time of 8.61 and sixth in the long jump guest section producing a mark of 5.60 meters.

On the men’s side, Royal Burri won her heat in the 60 meters en route to a fourth-place finish where we crossed the finish line in a personal best 6.79.

The Pirates fared quite well in the 5,000 meter race as Matthew Russell, Chase Osborne and Ethan Hageman finished second, third and fourth with respective times of 14:51.03, 14:57.27 and 15:00.03.

“The goal going forward is to continue to improve week by week,” Kraft added. “If we can keep improving and building some consistency week by week, the results should all come through at the end. Hopefully we can take a break from the weather, have some good training sessions this week and prepare to go back to USC next weekend and build on the momentum.”

Following: ECU returns to the Carolina Indoor Track and Field Complex next weekend for the South Carolina Invitational.

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