The East Carolina University’s track and field team had overall good performances in the Sykes & Sabock Challenge cup at Pennsylvania State University.
On the men’s side, PSU finished first with a total of 254 points, with ECU (112.5 ) and Binghamton University (107.5 ) trailing at second and third place. For the women, ECU scored 121.5 points finishing last behind Cornell University with 179.5 points and PSU with 161 points.
"After four meets of our indoor season, I feel like this was by far the best one we have had collectively on both the men's and women's sides," director of men's and women's track and field and cross country Curt Kraft said in a press release. "We made some improvements on the American Athletic Conference performance list, won many events and had numerous personal bests.”
Junior Hakeem Horton had a number of top finishes. In the 60-meter dash he finished in third place crossing the finish line at 6.97 seconds. Horton also had a first place finish in the 200-meter with 21.48 seconds. Also in the 200 meter, senior Jordan Martin finished fifth with 22.14 seconds.
Adding on to top finishes, senior D’Ante Yarborough finished first in the 60-meter hurdles, clocking a seasonal best time of 8.10 seconds.
“I felt okay about my performance this weekend. I was sick all weekend and I clocked a seasons best, so I can’t really complain.” Yarborough said.
On the women’s side, there were solid performances all around that helped put them in the position to place third overall in the meet.
Junior Courtney Warner finished in first clocking 7.46 in the 60-meter dash. Close behind her, with a third place finish, junior Cedrina Singletary finished with 7.69 seconds. Warner also managed to place first in the 200-meter dash with 24.21 seconds. Not even a full second behind her was Singletary with a fourth place finish, clocking 24.74 seconds.
In the 400 meter dash, the Pirates had some overall good finishes. Junior Tamarack Bolden had a solid first place finish with 49.08 seconds. Senior Desmond Dowling finished right behind him clocking 49.81 seconds to put him in second place, and following up was Sophomore Dakari Jackson with 50.02 seconds finishing in sixth place.
For the women’s side, sophomore Naomi Whitaker clocked 57.24 seconds putting her in the position for a third place finish. Whitaker also managed to take home third place in the 60-meter hurdles with 8.67 seconds at the finish line.
On the distance side of the meet, sophomore Nicholas Ciaccia had a first place finish in the 3,000-meter run finish at 8:27.62. Behind him, finishing in third place was sophomore Dean Abushouk with 3:39.62.
In the 5,000-meter dash sophomore Andrew Ciaccia, finished first with a time of 15:12.76. For the women, senior Carolina Reiser finished fifth in this race, crossing the finish line at 17:48.45.
In the three mile race, junior Grace Sullivan placed sixth with a time of 4:53.90. Unfortunately, Penn State’s runners all had the top three finishes in this race, racking in major points for its women’s team.
On the field, the Pirates did well, having strong performances in the long jump, triple jump, shot put and weight throw.
In the women’s triple jump, the Pirates racked up on points as they took home all top three finishes. Freshman Brooke Stith placed first leaping 12.37 meters, with sophomore Bria Stith landing at 12.26 meters for a second place finish and freshman Jada Terrell landing a solid 12.15 meters for third place.
In the women’s long jump, freshman Mackenzie Whitaker landed at 5.55 meters for a fifth place finish. Behind her in eighth place was junior Brittany Stenekes with 5.46 meters.
In the shot put category, senior Galissia Cause finished second with a throw of 14.78 meters. As for the men, junior Evan McCraken finished fourth at 16.34 meters.
In the weight throw, senior Mahogany Baker finished in first place throwing 19.04 meters. On the men’s side, junior Ryan Davis finished at 20.31 meters to put him in third place.
“There is still a lot of things I need to work on,” Davis said. “Consistency is the key, but I’m glad I’m seeing consistent big marks so far this season.”
With more meets to come, the Pirates still have an adequate amount of time to tweak any imperfections in their preparation toward the end of the season.
“We have to continue to improve over the next three weeks as we prepare for the AAC Indoor Championships.” Kraft said.
With just one meet away from the American Athletic Conference Indoor Championships, the Pirates will compete in the Liberty Elite Invitational this weekend in Lynchburg, Virginia at Liberty University.