CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The University of North Carolina track and field teams finished the final day of the Dick Taylor Invitational with 12 first-place or top-collegiate performances, including a new record by Cameron Overstreet in the women's pole vault to rank her among the nation's best.
Overstreet earned a new personal best as she cleared a height of 13-5 ¼ (4.10 meters). The mark granted her the win and ranks in the top five in the country as of the conclusion of competition today.
The Tar Heel women swept the top three spots for the triple jump with Tristine Johnson as the victor with a distance of 40-6 ¾ (12.36 meters). Chrishawn Williams placed second in 40-5 (12.33 meters) followed by Briana Hudson in third at 39-11 ½ (12.18 meters). Daisaun White placed third in the men's triple jump by reaching 44-8 (13.61 meters).
AJ Hicks won the men's shot put with a hurl of 53-1 ¾ (16.20 meters). Hicks bested his closest competitor by nearly two feet.
Carolina's distance runners accounted for four top-ranked finishes in the collegiate placing for the men and women's mile and 800. Annie LeHardy won the women's mile in 4:58.77 as Matthew Valeriani was the men's top collegiate in the mile with a time of 4:21.15.
Other top finishes in the women's mile include Kylie McCoy in second (5:13.77), Sami Joregensen in third (5:15.00), Caroline O'Hea in fourth (5:16.24), and Aundrea Holmes in fifth (5:16.84). The men's milers also rounded out the top collegiate finishes with Mike Jacobs racing 4:22.72, Dan Mykityshyn racing 4:23.86, and Braedon Koerwitz racing 4:41.87.
Isaac Presson claimed his first victory of the season in the men's 800 with a time of 1:54.21. Steve Magnuson and Macon Gambill were the third- and fourth-best collegiates in the 800, running 1:57.31 and 1:57.85, respectively.
The men and women's distance medley relays dominated the competition, sweeping the top two spots in each race as they had two relays competing. The women's DMR of Farber, Cori Floyd, Rempel and McCoy won in 11:47.42 while the men's DMR of Nate Fisher, Gambill, Presson and Magnuson won in 10:14.50.
The men's 4x400 relay won by nearly five seconds with Clayton Parros, Reynaldo Radlin, Smith and Carter racing in 3:16.74. The women's 4x400 relay of Marisa Dobbins, Floyd, Iman Wilkerson and Elizabeth Whelan placed second behind Alabama State, clocking in at 3:54.37.
Carolina is next in action at the Hokie Invitational in Blacksburg, Va., on Friday January 25th and Saturday January 26th.