CHAPEL HILL, N.C., - The University of North Carolina track and field teams competed in their most competitive meet today at the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York City. Several Tar Heels set new or matched personal records on day one of the two-day meet.
Lizzy Whelan took second place overall in the women's championship 1,000 meter run, a non-NCAA sanctioned event. Whelan was 0.29 seconds off first place.
Sarah Howard took fourth place in the women's championship shot put among some of the nation's most elite shot putters after throwing 52-4 ¾ (15.97 meters).
In the men's championship shot put, AJ Hicks threw his way to tenth place and a new personal best at 55-7 ½ (16.95 meters).
Cameron Overstreet took 10th place in the women's pole vault. She cleared 13-1 ½, her tallest mark of the season.
Tristine Johnson landed herself an 11th-place finish in the long jump championships at 19-0 ¾.
Javianne Oliver made it to the semifinals of the women's championship 60-meter dash where she finished in 15th place after running 7.57.
In the men's championship 60-meter hurdles, Paul Haley matched his PR at 8.21, but didn't advance to the semifinals. Roy Smith and Devon Carter both qualified to reach the semis where Smith placed sixth to qualify for the finals. Carter's time of 7.98 wasn't quite fast enough to qualify for the finals. Smith took ninth place after running 7.96.
Haley also set a new PR in the long jump after jumping 23-1 ¼ (7.04 meters). Haley's jump allowed him to place tenth out of 63 competitors.
Caroline Brailsford and Amanda Benninghoff competed in the women's college pole vault where Brailsford took second place with a vault of 12-9 ½ (3.90 meters). Benninghoff took 14th at a height of 11-11 ½ (3.65 meters). Brailsford's jump cleared her old lifetime-best indoor vault by more than 15 inches.
Cori Floyd finished 35th in the women's college 400 at 57.96. Floyd finished ahead of 60 other competitors.
"Overall I'm very pleased with the outcome of today," North Carolina head coach Harlis Meaders said. "The women's pole vaulters had a really good showing. Javianne Oliver competed very well for her first time on the big stage. Lizzy Whelan continues to compete at a high level. Paul Haley made significant improvement in the long jump and matched his PR in the 60-meter hurdles. AJ Hicks had his best series of the season and just missed on making the finals. Sean and Javonte both made it to the finals. Sarah Howard threw great with against some really good competition.
It was a really good day. We look forward to getting back on the track tomorrow and wrapping up what I hope will be a very good weekend for the Tar Heels."
The Tar Heels are back in action at the Armory Collegiate Invitational tomorrow. The meet will continue at 8:30 a.m. with the women's college 5,000 meter run. Live stats can be found here. The meet schedule can be found here. A recap of performances and full results will be available on Goheels.com at the conclusion of the meet.