Former East Carolina University track and field standout Stefano Migliorati has signed a professional contract with New Balance athletic footwear and fitness apparel company, according to a release from the university on Thursday.

Migliorati, who played for the Pirates from 2015-2018, ran his way into the semifinals of the 800-meter event at the NCAA Outdoor Championships during his final season in Greenville, North Carolina. He would eventually finish 20th in the event.

“I am really happy to get the chance to run for New Balance,” Migliorati said in the release. “I started 2019 with the one goal in mind — Tokyo 2020. I was getting really good feedback during my training camp in South Africa this past January. I had the chance to train with some of the best athletes in the world, growing my consciousness towards my goals.

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I have to postpone my plans to 2021. This situation will give me more time to grow and prepare for such a huge event. After Tokyo, my eyes will be pointed to the renovated Hayward Field stadium and the world championships in 2022.”

Migliorati won a trio of American Athletic Conference championships in the 800-meter run in 2017 and 2018, and owned the school record in both the indoor and outdoor 800-meter events at the time of his departure, according to the release.

He also won the same event during the 2017 Italian Athletics Championships in Trieste, Italy.

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