ECU set to host sixth annual Bill Carson Invitational

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – The ECU track and field program welcomes Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, The Citadel, UNCW and Saint Augustine to the Minges Family Field at Bate Foundation Track & Field Facility April 5-6 for the sixth annual Bill Carson Invitational.

The meet begins Friday at 10 a.m. with a rolling schedule for field events and continues Saturday at 11:30 a.m. before wrapping up Saturday afternoon. Admission to the meet is free of charge.

East Carolina has won both the men's and women's team titles three years running.

"The coaching staff and both teams are very excited about hosting our home track meet this weekend," Director of Men's and Women's Track and Field and Cross Country Curt Kraft said. "Both teams are very excited about competing at home, in front of our fans, in front of their professors, and our administration. It also gives the parents of all of our student-athletes a chance to see their sons and daughters compete at our home facility. With the teams that we have coming in I believe the competition will be good across the board in all of the events. This meet is very important in that we need to continue to improve. We hope that the community will come out and support us."

The Pirates broke two school records last weekend at the Raleigh Relays. Anna Bristle set a new program standard in the 10,000m with a time of 35:09.70 before teaming up with Mikayla Stoudt, Abby Yourkavitch and Grace Sullivan to set a new school record (19:03.38) in the 4x1500 relay.

On the men's side, Hakeem Horton ranks fourth in the American Athletic Conference in the 200m and long jump while Nick Ciaccia leads the conference in the 10,000m. Evan McCracken is also fourth in the shot put.

As for the women, Courtney Warner is fourth among AAC athletes in the 200m and Nuria Tillo-Prats ranks fourth in the 1,500m. Bristle paces the league in the 5,000m and is fifth in the 10,000m. The Pirates also have a pair of runners ranked fourth in respective hurdles events in Alyssa Sandy (100m hurdles) and Shellbi Chapman (400m hurdles).

Brooke Stith, D'Nia Freeman, Warner and Mariah Atwater remain on top of the conference table in the 4x400 relay. Sommer Knight enters the weekend fourth in the league rankings in the pole vault.

Following the Bill Carson Invitational, ECU will split the squad up April 12-13 for the Aggie Invitational (Greensboro, N.C.) and Pickle Field Day Relays (Mount Olive, N.C.).