GAINESVILLE, FLA. - The University of North Carolina track and field teams competed in two meets today, setting great marks at both. The men's 4x400-meter relay team ran a 3:05.46 at the Florida Relays to place eighth overall and record the fourth-fastest time in UNC outdoor history.
"I am really happy with the results from the weekend from High Point to Stanford to Gainesville," North Carolina head coach Harlis Meaders said. "We have kids that are stepping up and getting better every time they step on the track. I am fortunate to have an exceptional group of kids and a fantastic group of coaches, volunteer coaches and medical staff.
"The men's 4x400 team ran an excellent race and should be ranked among the top eight teams in the country at the end of the weekend. The team of one freshman, two sophomores and one junior are still only touching the surface of what they are capable of doing. But across the board in every event area we are getting better. The lady sprinters made significant improvements this weekend, and the horizontal and vertical jumpers showed the ability to compete in a very tough environment. The distance runners for both the men and women had a great weekend and the throwers were solid."
Chris DiLorenzo threw 56-10 (17.32 meters) in the shot put to take second place at the Florida Relays.
Tristine Johnson bounced back from a disappointing jump yesterday and took fourth today in the triple jump. Johnson jumped 42-2 ¼ (12.86 meters), just one inch shy of her personal record.
Sarah Howard placed fifth in the women's shot put invitational after throwing 52-8 ¼ (16.06 meters).
Austin Vegas competed in the men's pole vault where he took eighth. Vegas cleared 16-2 ¾ (4.95 meters).
In the men's discus, Dontrevious Ousley threw 169-2 (51.56 meters), good enough for ninth place.
Many individuals from the team also competed today at the VertKlasse Meet in High Point. Multiple PRs were broken there.
"I am very pleased with the way our athletes competed this weekend," assistant coach Nicole Hudson said. "They realized that all that is necessary for an outstanding performance is a lane on the track or a spot in a flight. Intrinsic motivations dictated their outcomes and those motivations will take them through the championship phase of our season."
Emily Godwin took first place in the women's high jump at 5-7 (1.70 meters).
Nate Fisher took home a collegiate victory as well in the men's 800. Fisher timed in at 1:55.64.
Javianne Oliver competed in the 100 and 200 invite today. In the 100 Oliver ran 11.67 to earn second place. In the 200 invite Oliver took seventh after crossing the line at 24.38.
In the women's college 200 Kendra Douglas took first place and set a new PR at 25.34. Douglas also competed in the women's 400 where she finished fifth at 57.27.
Cori Floyd set a new collegiate best in the women's 400-meter hurdles at 1:00.40. She finished second overall and was the top collegian in the field.
Paul Haley normally competes in the men's decathlon, but he competed in the men's 110-meter hurdles today as practice for the decathlon. He finished second at 14:27. Haley's time is the fastest time this year in the 110-meter hurdles by any UNC student-athlete.
Ryan Ramsey, another decathlete, participated in the men's long jump where he jumped 23-0 ¾ (7.03 meters) and took second place. His jump is also the farthest jump by and UNC student-athlete this year.
Daniel Belk finished third in the men's 400 at 50.73.
Philip Morris finished fifth in the men's high jump and set a new collegiate record and personal best at 6-10 ¼ (2.09 meters).
"We have a great staff that put in an incredible number of hours this weekend to help make our team success possible," Meaders said. "The path is long, but we are taking the steps that we need to take in order to be the team that we are capable of being: The Better Blue."
The Tar Heels will compete one more time at the Joe Hilton Invitational next week before the Outdoor ACC Championships that will be hosted in Chapel Hill. The Joe Hilton Invitational is a Saturday-only meet on April 11 in Chapel Hill.