CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The University of North Carolina track and field teams garnered six individual wins or top collegiate spots on across three meets on Saturday as the Tar Heels faced their first day of competition apart as they hosted the Gene Anderson Invitational, continued their successes at the Armory Collegiate Invitational and showed strength in distance at the JDL Invitational.
At home at the Gene Anderson Invitational, Sarah Howard continued her strides in her freshman season as she threw a season-best 51-0 (15.54 meters) in the women's shot put to win the event.
Chris DiLorenzo won the men's shot put with a throw 57-0 ¾ (17.39 meters). It was DiLorenzo's best throw since returning from ACL surgery.
AJ Hicks won the men's weight throw with a hurl of 59-6 ¾ (18.15 meters) and placed second in the men's shot put with a throw of 55-4 ½ (16.87 meters). In the women's weight throw, Avana Story threw 55-11 (17.04 meters) to be the third-best collegiate in the final tally.
Romar Morris made his way into the UNC school records in his first outing on the track as he ran a fifth-best all-time 6.85 in the preliminary round of the men's 60 meters. Morris finished second in the final.
Macon Gambill was the top collegiate in the men's mile as he raced a collegiate best 4:17.78. Mike Jacobs was the fourth-ranked collegiate in the mile with his time of 4:20.64.
Tory Kemp placed third in the women's 60-meter hurdles in her season-best time of 8.81.
"We had a good day here in New York," said assistant coach Mark VanAlstyne from the Armory Collegiate, "Opening the morning with a win and second place in the women's college 800 meters was great for us. Lizzy Whelan won and looked very good while doing it. I was impressed with Marsia closing well to earn that second-place spot late."
The men's 4x400 relay placed second in the college division in 3:17.34.
Chrishawn Williams placed second in the women's college triple jump with a distance of 40-4 ¼ (12.30 meters).
Lianne Farber placed second in the women's championship mile, racing 4:40.19. Annie LeHardy followed suit in fifth place with her 4:46.78, a personal best four seconds better than her PR set at the Hokie Invitational last weekend. Karley Rempel placed 10th in 4:47.60. In the men's mile championship, Patrick Schellberg placed 11th amongst the elite milers in the country with his time of 4:10.68.
"We showed good instinct. We raced hard, put up a fight, and improved," added Coach VanAlstyne, "Overall it felt like we made progress. The most important thing is we continued to compete hard and fight at crucial points in the races and good results came out of it."
"There was a rabbit in [Isaac's] race to set the pace at about 1:58 flat. There were four collegiate and four pros in the race and the rabbit kept a fast pace for them," said assistant coach Angela Reckart, "It was a great race, a great scenario, a great set-up, and a great experience for Isaac. It may have been a little fast for him at this point in the season but we're pleased with his fitness and confident in his first outing in the mile this season."
"Steve won his heat and took the lead with about 400 [meters] to go and was able to hang on," added Coach Reckart, "We're really pleased with his performance and are excited to get back to work and keep working towards ACCs and the national meet."
The Tar Heels are back in action next weekend as they head west to the Nebraska Invitational on Saturday, February 9th, and the Husky Classic on February 8-9th.