CHAPEL HILL - The University of North Carolina track and field teams will take five student-athletes to the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on Wednesday. The Texas Relays is one of the most prestigious outdoor events in the nation each year.
Xenia Rahn and Emily Godwin will both compete in the women's heptathlon for the first time this season. Rahn, a transfer student-athlete from Memphis, will compete in her first multi-event in a Carolina uniform at the Texas Relays. Godwin will also compete in the women's high jump.
"The meet's going to be good for Xenia especially," North Carolina assistant coach Josh Langley said. "It gives her a chance to open up in her event. She redshirted the indoor season and ever since then she's been chomping at the bit to get out there and do her event.
"This past weekend should have given her a bunch of confidence that she's ready to put up a big mark. Now she has to go out and do what she's capable of.
"For Emily it's another opportunity. She competed indoors so she should have confidence based off that. This is going to be the biggest level of competition she's seen in her career. It's an opportunity for her to get a taste of the really big time in the multi-event. The defending national champion is in the field and several All-Americas, including Xenia, so it will be fun to watch her compete and see if she can step up to that level."
Cameron Overstreet will compete in the women's pole vault Friday close to 11:30 a.m. central time.
"Cameron gets to open her outdoor season at this meet," Langley said. "We expect big things out of her. I think you're going to see her with something to prove after not making indoor nationals."
Houston Summers will throw the javelin at 11:30 a.m. central time on Friday. Summers is placed in the A group of javelin throwers.
Avana Story will throw the hammer at 12:30 p.m. central time on Thursday.
The meet will feature 232 collegiate teams and 156 invitational athletes as well as hundreds of high school teams. 6, 552 athletes are expected to compete this year. The meet will start Wednesday, March 26 at 10:30 a.m. central time and conclude Saturday, March 29 around 7 p.m. central time.
"The atmosphere is going to crazy," Langley said. "They host the meet in a 20,000 seat stadium and they fill it. It's a great field and I think you're going to see some really great marks this week."
A recap of performances and results will be on Goheels.com at the conclusion of each day. The schedule for the meet can be found here.