CHAPEL HILL, N.C.- The University of North Carolina track and field teams opened the 2014 indoor season at home with the Gene Anderson Invitational. The Tar Heels landed wins in 13 events and added top collegiate finishes.
Tristine Johnson won in the triple jump after jumping 42-2 ¾, which tops the college ranks in this year's women's triple jump.
Junior AJ Hicks won in the men's weight throw and set a personal record at 63-9 ¼ (19.44 meters). The throw is the fifth best throw in North Carolina history. "It's a good place to start," Hicks said. "I think at this time last year I threw three feet less. So it's a good sign."
Devon Carter set a personal record in the 60-meter hurdles and won the event with a 7.88 time - a top-ten time in college this year and is third best in North Carolina schoo history.
Sarah Howard also set a personal record today. She threw 54-4 ½ (16.57) in the shot put to take first place. Howard's shot put throw is sixth best in the country this year and is second best in North Carolina history.
O'Neal Wanliss competed in his first mile event and won running 4:19.47. "It was my second mile ever," Wanliss said. "I ran in seventh grade P.E. class for participation.
"The coaches wanted me to work on strength in the mile. Last year I realized I needed a stronger base for the 800. That's why I ran in the mile."
Annie LeHardy took first place in the women's 800-meter run timing in at 2:14.91.
Elizabeth Whelan placed first in the mile run at 4:49.16 - a top-five time in the country this year.
Karley Rempel was another Tar Heel who finished at the top of her event. She finished the 3000 meter run in first at 9:51.29.
Cameron Overstreet had a solid performance in the pole vault taking first place. Overstreet cleared 13-5 ¾ which is sixth best in the country so far this year.
Isaac Presson topped the leaderboard of the 800-meter run with a time of 1:52.95, which currently ranks as the third best time in the country this year.
Joe Sansone won in the 3000 meter run with a time of 8:33.67.
Freshman Emily Godwin took second place in the high jump after clearing 5-8 ¾.
Freshman Javianne Oliver finished second in the 60-meter dash by 0.02 seconds with a 7.56 time.
Head coach of the track and field teams, Harlis Meaders, was very happy with the team's performance at the Gene Anderson Invitational.
"We're really excited about what we've done so far," Meaders said. "Overall it was a really good first day and first meet."
Coach Meaders wanted to thank HarmonyX for singing the National Anthem and Dr. Beth Miller for being the honorary starter.