CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The University of North Carolina Tar Heels delivered a strong performance in the second day of the Kent Taylor Invitational on Saturday at Irwin Belk Track. After achieving eight first-place finishes on Friday, the Tar Heels gained eight more first-place finishes for a total of sixteen victories for the meet.
AJ Hicks secured a victory in the men's hammer throw with a toss of 180-02 (54.93 meters). That throw was enough to break his previous personal record of 172-8 (52.62 meters) and give North Carolina its first top finish of the day. Dontrevious Ousley came in third with a throw of 140-04 (42.77 meters) in his collegiate debut in the hammer throw.
Cameron Overstreet captured another first-place finish for the Tar Heels in the women's pole vault with a height of 12-09 ½ (3.90 meters) for the first top finish for the North Carolina women on Saturday.
Tory Kemp and Lauren Lazor provided North Carolina with a second- and third-place finish, respectively, in the women's javelin throw. Kemp threw for a distance of 102-04 and Lazor followed with a throw of 97-03 (29.65 meters).
In the men's javelin throw, three North Carolina throwers filled in the field, as Ryan Ramsey, Joe Hutchinson, and Paul Haley came in second, third, and fourth, respectively. Ramsey threw for a distance of 148-01 (45.13 meters), Hutchinson threw for 139-01 (42.40 meters), and Haley threw for 129-05 (39.45 meters).
Annie LeHardy won the women's 800 with a time of 2:13.44 for a personal best, breaking her previous time by nearly two seconds. She closely defeated the second-place finisher by less than half a second.
Cori Floyd won the women's 400-meter hurdles, running unopposed, with a time of 1:04.51.
RJ Alowonle won the men's 400-meter hurdles by a narrow margin over his teammate, Reynaldo Radlin. Alowonle, running in his collegiate debut, finished with a time of 52.42, while Radlin was close behind with a 52.47.
Elizabeth Whelan earned a victory for the Tar Heels in the women's 1,500, finishing in first with a 4:30.15. Whelan made her collegiate debut during this race, running as a redshirt freshman. Her teammate, Marisa Dobbins, came in fourth with a time of 4:41.87.
In the men's section of the 1,500, Steve Magnuson won with a time of 3:51.65 to give North Carolina yet another top finish for the day.
In the last event of the day, the Tar Heels placed second in the men's 4x400 relay. Ramsey, Hutchinson, Chadd Pierce, and Haley finished in a time of 3:21.05.
The Tar Heels will compete again this Friday and Saturday in the Raleigh Relays at North Carolina State University. The Tar Heels will host the their next meet, the Joe Hilton Invitational, on Saturday, April 13th.