Since almost a year ago to the date, the East Carolina track and field team will return to Greenville to host the Bill Carson Invitational again Friday and Saturday for the only home track meet of the year.
“It gives them a chance to showcase our program,” head coach Curt Kraft said.
The Pirates are coming off a successful weekend where the team split up between the Florida Pepsi Relays and the High Point VertKlasse. The throwers had an outstanding meet at the University of Florida, and look to keep working as they get closer to the American Athletic Conference Championships.
Overall the Pirates are excited for their one home meet of the year. Kraft believes the home meet will be good for adding to the team’s momentum and that the student-athletes will feel good about competing at home.
“We get to compete in our environment, we get to compete in our house and it’s no different than competing in Minges,” Kraft said. “So we are comfortable on our track and that definitely plays a part into how well they’re going to do. There’s no reason to believe that we shouldn’t continue our success.”
Not only do the athletes feel comfortable competing at home but they get opportunities at home that they can’t get when traveling to the other schools to compete.
“The thing I’m looking forward to is that it gives the kids a chance to run in front of their families, a chance to compete in front of their professors, in front of our administration and in front of our fans,” Kraft said.
Along with the opportunity to compete in front of these people, the seniors on the team will be honored with a Senior Day Saturday morning. This has been a part of the home meet for four years now, according to Kraft.
The Pirates have 45 top-10 placeholders in the AAC. They have added new records and made great strides in the records of ECU’s track and field program. This home meet is another opportunity with some slight advantages that could help keep the momentum moving towards breaking personal bests of the individual athletes or program records.
The meet will consist of Coastal Carolina, Charlotte, North Carolina State, Troy and The Citadel. These are the same schools that competed at last year’s Bill Carson Invitational meet where the Pirates took first place as a team on both the men’s and women’s sides.