CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - At the last-ever track and field meet at Belk Track/Fetzer Field, North Carolina opened up its outdoor season with several strong performances. Next season, Carolina will move into a brand new facility off Finley Golf Course Road.
"As a first meet of the season, I think we've seen a lot of positive things," said head coach Harlis Meaders. "The 400-meter hurdlers did well as did the long 400's. For everyone, it's really justa chance to get started and we'll see improvement throughout the year. I'm excited about not only this season, but the future of Carolina track and field."
Among the highlights of the day:
Natisha Dixon was second in the 100m hurdles with a 14.91.
Kristin Hall won the 400-meter hurdles with a collegiate best and acc qualifying mark of 1:01.71.
Freshman McKinley McNeil was fifth in the 200 meters, her first outdoor meet at UNC.
Erin Edmundson won the 800 meters with a 2:10.91 and Lauren Moody was second at 2:14.27.
Connor Peeples, who redshirted the indoor season was second in the 800 at 1:55.54.
In the 400m hurdles Amari DeVaughn was secon with a 54.68.
In the men's mile, freshman Noah Shore won with a 4:27.93 in his first outdoor meet.
Casey Greenwalt was second in the women's mile with a 5:10.64.
Freshman Daniel McCarther was third in the discus and second in the shot put.
Following the meet, the UNC team, alums and fans took one final walk around the historic blue oval.
"I wasn't thinking about it too much, but it started to hit me a little harder than I thought once I saw so many of the alumns here," said Meaders. "It was bittersweet, but it's a season of change and sometimes we're a little weary of change. The new venue is going to be fantastic and it's going to be great for the future of UNC track and field."