NEW YORK CITY - The University of North Carolina track and field teams opened their packed weekend of competition on Friday at the Armory Collegiate Invitational as they faced the top competition in the nation in what is considered the pre-nationals meet.
A highlight of the day for the Tar Heels was once again in the women's pole vault. Cameron Overstreet won the women's college division of the pole vault clearing 13-1 ½ (4.00 meters). This is her third meet in consecutive weeks clearing greater than 13 feet.
"She continues to be a high point for our team," said assistant coach Mark VanAlstyne after the meet. "She competed really well in a large field that took over four hours to complete. It was though but she fought through and got the win. I thought that as very telling of how her season is going."
Chrishawn Williams tied for fourth in the women's championship long jump as she earned a new personal record with a leap of 20-8 ½ (6.31 meters). The mark is currently among the top five in the nation and is the best mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
"Chrishawn had a really great day," said Coach VanAlstyne. "She's really looking good on the runway. Even at 6.31, talking to Coach Steve Rubin, it wasn't the perfect jump so we feel like she has a lot left in the tank for this season. It was really nice to see her compete well for us."
Javonte Lipsey won his heat of the men's 400 college division as he opened his indoor season with a time of 48.30, also the fastest time of the prelims and a personal indoor best. Reynaldo Radlin also competed in the 400 college race, winning his heat with a PR of 48.86.
Clayton Parros placed second in the preliminary of the men's 200 college races with his time of 21.65. In the 60-meter hurdles, Roy Smith tied a season best at 8.09 to win his heat in the championship division.
In the women's college high jump, Ariel Roberts placed ninth at a height of 5-7 (1.70 meters).
"[Ariel] is consistenly over that [height] now and Coach Nicole Hudson feels like she's ready for a breakthrough," said Coach VanAlstyne. "I think everything points to that on the horizon for her."
"We just have to take the start that they gave us today and go back tomorrow," added Coach VanAlstyne," We have several events in the morning -- our middle distance runners are returning tomorrow and we're looking at good things for them. This is an outstanding field and is a very good meet. If you're not careful it can be overwhelming but so far today our guys have really been up to the challenge."
The Tar Heels resume competition at the Armory Collegiate Invitational tomorrow morning. Competition begins at 8:30 a.m. and is streamed live on FloTrack.
Carolina continues its busy weekend competition on Saturday the team hosts the Gene Anderson Invitational at the Eddie Smith Field House. Events begin at 9 a.m. and will continue through the afternoon with the final event starting at approximately 4:05 p.m. Live results will be available here.
Isaac Presson and Steve Magnuson will also be competing in the mile at the JDL Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Saturday. Results from each competition will be available on GoHeels.com. For up to date information from all three meets, follow Carolina track and field on Twitter: @UNCTrack_Field.