LINCOLN, Neb. - The University of North Carolina track and field teams concluded competition at the Mark Colligan Memorial Nebraska Invitational on Saturday with the women's team earning 64 points and the men's team earning 80. The Tar Heels earned 13 new personal records or season highs at the meet as well as two personal bests from Lianne Farber and Isaac Presson in the mile at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash.
"First we would like to thank the University of Nebraska and Coach Gary Pepin for inviting us out," said head coach Harlis Meaders after the meet. "They have an excellent facility and hosted a great competition. We learned a lot about the team this weekend. Our kids continue to improve as we had a number of season bests, of course highlight by Annie and Steve's wins in the 3K."
Annie LeHardy won the women's 3,000 with a new personal best 9:47.26 and Steve Magnuson won the men's 3,000 with a shattering personal record of 8:12.79.
Devon Carter earned personal bests in both the 60-meter hurdles and the 200 meters, racing 8.03 in the prelims of the hurdles and 22.51 in his heat for the final of the 200. Roy Smith tied his personal best in the 60 hurdles, racing 8.03 in the final, and also marked a season-best 23.15 in the 200.
In the women's 60-meter hurdles final, Jasmine Wilson tied her season-best time of 8.83 to finish fourth. Tory Kemp also earned a personal best in the 60 hurdles as she raced 8.78 in the prelims. Wilson went on to run another season-best of 25.44 in the 200 as Iman Wilkerson placed third in the same event in 24.94.
Clayton Parros took third place in the men's 400, clocking in at 48.37, while Javonte Lipsey finished in fourth place in 48.46.
Karley Rempel ran a new personal record in the 800 as she took third place in 2:09.99. Marisa Dobbins followed suit in fourth place in 2:10.69.
O'Neal Wanliss placed second in the men's 800, running 1:53.06, while Macon Gambill's fifth-place 1:54.52 was a new personal record.
Dan Mykityshyn earned a personal record in the men's mile, finishing in 4:11.67.
Chrishawn Williams placed second in the women's long jump, leaping 19-11 (6.07 meters). Tristine Johnson finished third in the women's triple jump with a season-best 40-7 (12.37 meters) followed by Briana Hudson in fourth as she reached 40-5 ¼ (12.30 meters). Williams placed fifth in the triple jump at 39-11 ¼ (12.17 meters).
Ariel Roberts finished fourth in the women's high jump, clearing 5-8 (1.73 meters).
"In the jumps Chrishawn continues to jump well with her second place in the long jump," said Coach Meaders, "We showed we have added to our depth in our jumps with Tristine improving in the triple jump."
Dylan Moore was back in action in the men's high jump where he finished second at a height of 6-8 ¾ (2.05 meters).
Sarah Howard placed fourth in the women's shot put as she hurled 50-10 ¼ (15.50 meters). Avana Story continued her collegiate run in the women's weight throw, placing fifth with a throw of 55-9 ¾ (17.01 meters)
AJ Hicks continued his success in the men's weight throw, reaching 60-10 ½ (18.55 meters) good for a second-place finish. Chris DiLorenzo joined Hicks for the two-three finish in the men's shot put, with DiLorenzo throwing 54-5 ¼ (16.59 meters) and Hicks 51-11 (15.82 meters).
"Overall we've still got to continue to improve as a whole," said Coach Meaders, "I think this meet we were humbled a bit. We'll take that learning experience and will get our kids more experience before the conference meet and the last meet at home next week.
"This was the kind of competition we need," added Coach Meaders, "Hopefully this helps us when we get to the national level and won't be intimidated when facing top competition. Meets like this merit travel opportunities for the kids to compete and shows the impact our current student-athletes and the recruits we signed this week can make immediately for our team."
In Seattle at the Husky Classic, Lianne Farber and Isaac Presson both earned personal bests in the mile invitational races. Farber raced 4:38.00 and Presson clocked in 4:00.79 in races littered with professional runners and the nation's best.
"Big PRs for both of them, two seconds for Lianne and about three seconds for Isaac's indoor," said assistant coach Mark VanAlstyne after their races, "That's right in line with what we thought they were capable of running. We know based on their work-outs that they will be in the conversation for nationals.
"Isaac was in a box heading into the last lap and really tried hard to extricate himself but he really didn't have clear running room until about 1:50 to go. He just moved faster than anyone else in the field on that last minute," added Coach VanAlstyne, "Sub-four is so close he can taste it and if he could have found open space earlier today he would have had it, but he's right at four flat which is right where we knew he could be."
"Right now were' switching our focus to ACCs and [Isaac is] pumped to defend his championship in the indoor mile," said Coach VanAlstyne, "We've got to decide what to run Lianne in as she has progressed in several events, but overall we are very pleased with out trip out west."
The Tar Heels are back in action at home next weekend with the Kent Taylor Invitational on Saturday, February 16th, at the Eddie Smith Field House. The meet will be the final meet before the ACC Indoor Championships in Blacksburg, Va., February 21st-23rd.
"At this last home meet we'll give some kids the week off so they can better prepare for the conference championship and other kids will use the meet to make small adjustments for ACCs," said Coach Meaders, "If you're in the area, come on out and support the Tar Heels."