RALEIGH, N.C. - At the Wolfpack Last Chance meet on Friday evening, Elizabeth Whelan secured her spot at the NCAA East Preliminary in the women's 800 as she smashed her personal best for a time that now ranks sixth in the east division.
Whelan won the event in 2:05.13, nearly a second and a half faster than the remainder of the field. She broke her PR by two seconds.
"I'm very pleased with Lizzy's development this season," said assistant coach Mark VanAlstyne, "As her confidence has grown, she's blossomed into a very good racer and will now have the chance to improve and test herself in the NCAA Prelims."
Marisa Dobbins also competed in the 800 at the Wolfpack Last Chance, placing fifth in 2:11.30.
Ariel Roberts was seeking to improve her placement in the NCAA East rankings for the women's high jump, but came up just short of bettering her 5-9 ¼ (1.76 meters) mark. Roberts placed seventh in the high jump at the Wolfpack Last Chance at 5-7 ¾ (1.72 meters).
At the Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville, Va., Houston Summers guaranteed his position for the NCAA East Preliminary in the men's javelin as he threw a personal best 222-5 (67.79 meters). Summers's mark should rank him in the top 20 for the east division at the close of the weekend's competition.
"Houston had a great series of throws," said assistant coach Josh Langley, "His body is finally healthy and he's getting his confidence back. We are excited about solidifying his position for NCAA's and for his new PR. It is well-deserved for how hard he has worked."
Carolina's men's multis finished the first day of the decathlon at the Virginia Challenge, with Joe Hutchinson leading the Tar Heels in fifth place with 3,714 points. Hutchinson is currently 35th in the national rankings as only the top 24 decathletes are invited to the NCAA National Championships in Eugene, Ore.
"The decathletes are competing hard," said Coach Langley, "The plan has been to be aggressive and work on the mental approach to each event. I'm pleased with the outcome given the individual goals we have set for the meet."
In the heptathlon, Tory Kemp was slated to compete at Virginia but instead will focus her efforts toward the USA Junior National Championships June 19-23 in Des Moines, Iowa.
At the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta, Ga., Jacinda Evans placed second in the women's long jump at 20-3 ½ (6.18 meters) followed by Chrishawn Williams in fifth at 19-11 (6.07 meters). Evans currently ranks atop the east division for the event with her personal best 21-1 ¼ (6.43 meters) that she set at the ACC Championships while Williams is sixth with her PR 20-8 ½ (6.31 meters) also set at the conference meet.
Avana Story competed in the women's hammer in hopes to improve upon her 43rd-ranked 179-10 (54.82 meters) mark that makes her eligible for the NCAA East Preliminary, but threw just short at 173-6 (52.88 meters) to finish fifth in Atlanta.
Chris DiLorenzo threw 54-6 ¾ (16.63 meters) in the men's shot. The mark that did not improve upon DiLorenzo's 40th-ranked 56-9 ½ (17.30 meters) mark he set at the ACC Championships, which sets him to compete at the NCAA East Preliminary.
Carolina will continue its multiple meet weekend as the second day of competition for both the Virginia Challenge and the Georgia Tech Invitational take place on Saturday. Live results are available for both meets, the Virginia Challenge here and the Georgia Tech Invitational here. Follow the Tar Heels on Twitter for updates on the road to the NCAA East Preliminary.