PHILADELPHIA - The University of North Carolina wrapped up competition at the Penn Relays on Saturday with a personal best in the throws and a run for the NCAA preliminaries in the men's 4x400 relay.
AJ Hicks threw a new personal record in the men's hammer college division, hurling 187-2 (57.02 meters) to place second in the event. Hicks was just six inches off the lead thrower and threw his PR on his first attempt in the flight.
"AJ was the highlight of the day taking second in the college hammer throw. I am really happy to see him put some of the things we've seen in practice into a competition setting and it turned into a lifetime best for him," said head coach Harlis Meaders, "He was able to put together a good series of throws which should be a sign of good things to come."
After qualifying in Friday's heats races with a season-best time, the men's 4x400 relay of RJ Alowonle, Reynaldo Radlin, Sean Sutton, and Clayton Parros raced 3:11.06 in the college final to place seventh among top nationally-ranked competition.
"The men's 4x400 did not perform as well as we expected following a very good performance yesterday, but we still have a few weeks to put things together," said Coach Meaders, "I am confident that the guys will be ready."
The Tar Heels will break from their championship season for exams and will return to competition on May 5th with the Duke Twilight and continue their goal of preliminary marks for the NCAA first round on May 10th and 11th at last chance meets at Virginia, Georgia Tech, and NC State.