CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Seven Tar Heels bettered their marks for the NCAA East Preliminary on Saturday at the University of North Carolina track and field teams' final competition of the regular outdoor season. The NCAA will officially announce the competitors for the NCAA East Prelim on Thursday, May 16th.
At the Virginia Challenge, Isaac Presson bettered his season-best time in the men's 1,500 to 3:42.28 to clinch his ranking of 10th in the east division. Presson finished third overall in the race and was the second-best collegiate.
Lianne Farber and Annie LeHardy each earned personal records in the women's 1,500 at Virginia as they also bettered their positions in the east division. Farber raced to a seventh-place 4:14.56 and LeHardy raced 4:21.67 for 13th in a deep field of the nation's best distance runners. Farber now ranks ninth in the east and LeHardy 39th.
The decathletes finished competition on Saturday with Ryan Ramsey accruing 6,721 points to place fifth. Paul Haley earned 4,784 points and Joe Hutchinson bowed out of the competition after the second event of the day to rest for the remainder of his summer competition.
Scott Morgan earned a personal best in the men's 10,000 meters as he raced to fifth in 29:55.01.
In Atlanta, Ga., at the Georgia Tech Invitational, O'Neal Wanliss earned a personal best and clinched the 10th-best time in the east division in the men's 800. Wanliss paced himself to a 1:48.28 victory.
RJ Alowonle also earned a personal best in the men's 400-meter hurdles as he raced 51.48. Alowonle's time ranks him eighth in the NCAA East after Saturday's competition.
Clayton Parros bettered his preliminary ranking in the men's 400 to 21st as he finished the event in 46.58.
In the field, Tristine Johnson pushed her ranking in the women's triple jump to 14th in the east as she jumped barely off her personal best to a length of 42-1 ½ (12.84 meters) to place third. Briana Hudson placed eighth in the same event as she leapt 40-0 ¾ (12.21 meters). Hudson is currently ranked 34th in the east women's triple jump standings.
AJ Hicks placed third in the men's discus with a throw of 169-5 (51.64 meters) followed by Dontrevious Ousley in fifth with a throw of 164-2 (50.04 meters). Ousley is currently ranked 39th in the east from his discus throw at the Florida Relays and Hicks 41st from the Raleigh Relays.
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