CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The University of North Carolina track and field teams opened their 2013 outdoor season on Friday by hosting the Kent Taylor Invitational. The Tar Heels secured eight top finishes out of the twelve events that occurred on Friday.
In the second event of the day, Ashley Miess won both her heat and the event in the women's 5,000 with a time of 18:56.69.
In the men's section of the 5,000, the Tar Heels claimed another victory, as Matthew Valeriani won with a time of 15:12.23. John Raneri followed closely behind amongst a cluster of runners, finishing in fourth with a time of 15:12.65.
Tory Kemp placed second by a narrow margin in the women's 100-meter hurdles with a 14.37, just two-tenths of a second off of first place. Jasmine Wilson came in third with a time of 14.71. Khadija Stuckey finished fourth in her first meet as a Tar Heel with a time of 15.20.
In the men's 110-meter hurdles, Devon Carter finished first, running unopposed with a time of 14.64.
Sarah Howard won the women's shot put with a throw of 49-11 (15.21 meters). The Tar Heels also claimed second and fourth places, as Kayla Adams completed a throw of 42-03 ¼ (12.88 meters) and Tory Kemp threw for 34-04 ¾ (10.48 meters).
The Tar Heels swept the men's shot put with Chris DiLorenzo at the top of the list with a throw of 52-09 ¼ (16.08 meters). AJ Hicks, Joe Hutchinson, and Paul Haley followed his top performance, throwing 52-06 ½ (16.01 meters), 44-00 ¾ (13.43 meters), and 38-10 ½ (11.85 meters), respectively.
Howard received another first place finish in the women's discus with a throw of 145-10 (44.45 meters). Adams came in third with a throw of 128-10 (39.27 meters).
In the men's discus, the Tar Heels managed to secure the top three spots led by Dontrevious Ousley with a throw of 170-03 (51.90 meters). Ousley's impressive performance came in his collegiate debut for the Tar Heels. He was followed by Hicks in second place with a 168-05 (51.33 meters) throw. Hutchinson came in third with a 130-09 toss.
Chadd Pierce claimed another first-place finish for the Tar Heels in the men's high jump with a jump of 6-04 (1.93 meters).
The meet will continue on Saturday, starting on the track with the women's 4x100 meter relay at 1:00 PM. The men's hammer throw will lead off the field events beginning at 11:00 AM.