WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., - The University of North Carolina track and field teams competed today at the UCS Invitational and had multiple athletes set new personal records and top national times. The men's distance medley relay team, made up of Jack Driggs, O'Neal Wanliss, Sean Sutton and Isaac Presson, took first and has the fifth-fastest time in the nation this season at a converted time of 9:37.47. The team's performance today ranks as the third fastest in UNC's indoor history.
"Overall I think we saw a glimpse of what our team is capable of doing," North Carolina head coach Harlis Meaders said. "The men in the DMR, the women in the mile, the men's 4x400... those were excellent performances and showed that we can compete at the highest level that the NCAA has to offer. Other kids ended up having seasonal-bests and personal records, so overall I think it was a great meet."
The women's track and field team was strong today taking first in six different events. North Carolina went 1-2-3 in the women's mile with Lizzy Whelan, Annie LeHardy and Karley Rempel respectively. Whelan's converted time of 4:35.69 is the third-fastest in the nation this year and fifth fastest in UNC history while LeHardy's 4:35.94 ranks fifth nationally. Rempel finished third after posting a converted time of 4:47.12.
Emily Godwin jumped over 5-7 in the high jump to take first. Keyasia Tibbs jumped 40-3 ½ in the triple jump to seal her first collegiate victory. Cameron Overstreet continues to improve on the season after clearing a height of 13-3 ½ in the pole vault and taking first. Sarah Howard captured another collegiate victory in the women's shot put after throwing 51-8 ½ (15.76 meters). Cori Floyd took first in the women's 400 after crossing the finish line at 58.07, which converts to 57.31.
Jasmine Wilson finished second in the 60-meter hurdles posting a time of 8.69. Avana Story threw a season-best 60-3 ¾ (18.38 meters) in the women's weight throw to take second place.
The men had victories of their own besides the distance medley relay and the 4x400 meter relay. Paul Haley jumped 23-0 ¾ in the long jump and Joe Sansone finished first in the men's 5,000 with a converted time of 14:14.90.
In the men's 5,000 Carolina also had Scott Morgan, Matt Valeriani Mitchell McLeod competing. Morgan finished second at 14:27.82, Valeriani fourth at 14:36.30, and McLeod sixth at 14:48.85. McLeod's time was a new PR.
In the men's 200 Sutton took second place at 21.20 after the conversion, 0.10 seconds off first. Ceo Ways finished third at 21.40.
AJ Hicks finished second in the shot put after throwing 54-3 ¾ (16.55 meters) and finished third in the weight throw at 61-0 ¾ (18.63 meters).
Pat Schellberg finished second in the men's 3,000 after a converted time of 8:07.24. 8.17 was Roy Smith's 60-meter hurdle time, which was good enough for second. O'Neal Wanliss also placed second, but he was second in the men's 800 with a converted time of 1:50.89. RJ Alowonle raced in the men's 400 where he set a new PR at 47.90 after the flat-track conversion.
The teams will split up next weekend between the Alex Wilson Invitational at South Bend, In. and the Dennis Craddock Invitational at Chapel Hill. Both meets are one day only and are on Saturday, Feb. 22.