CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The University of North Carolina track and field teams finished their last home meet of the outdoor season - the Joe Hilton Invitation - in style. Multiple student-athletes put up season-best times and personal records.
"It was the final tune-up meet for the ACC Championships next week," North Carolina head coach Harlis Meaders said. "We got what we needed from the competition. A lot of these kids got season bests, even though the competition wasn't as strenuous. It was a solid performance and we're really looking forward to next week.
"Kids should be getting peak performance right around the Championship, so we're on the right track and things are falling in place."
Xenia Rahn might have been the most impressive Tar Heel of the day. Rahn set two personal records en route to winning two separate events. Her 13.92 time in the 100-hurldes and jump of 19-11 ¾ (6.09 meters) were good to take first in both events. Behind Rahn in the hurdles was Kemp who took third at 14.07.
Avana Story had a nice day throwing the hammer. Her throw of 184-9 (56.31 meters) was good enough to take the event.
Austin Vegas also won his event at the Joe Hilton Invitational. Vegas took first in the pole vault after clearing 16-4 ¾ (5.00 meters).
The men's 4x100-meter relay team ran for the first time this season. The team was able to beat Duke in a head-to-head matchup and ran 42.17. Daniel Belk, Kwame Donyinah, Maurice Dix and Roy Smith comprised the winning team.
Seven Tar Heels ended up taking second in their respective events. Chris DiLorenzo took second in the men's shot put, throwing 56-2 (17.12 meters). Houston Summers had a strong showing in the men's javelin throw. Summers' first three throws were all season bests with his best one coming on his third throw at 216-8 (66.04 meters). Caroline O'Hea ran 10:09.55 in the women's 3,000 to solidify second. Keyasia Tibbs jumper her way to second place in the triple jump, with her longest jump being 39-6 ½ (12.05 meters). Sarah Howard threw 51-4 (15.65 meters) in the shot put. Isaac Presson ran 4:05.72 in the men's mile and Joe Sansone set a new PR in the mile at 4:11.50. Cameron Overstreet finished in second place in the pole vault after clearing 13-4 ½ (4.08 meters). Caroline Brailsford finished fourth in the vault, but she set a new PR at 13-0 ¾ (3.98 meters).
"I want to give a final round of applause for our seniors and their service to the program," Meaders said. "They were here before I got here and really pushed the program forward and made a tremendous impact and started creating the Better Blue we want to see now. I'm really proud of those guys and girls."
Meaders also wanted to thank each of the faculty members that participated in the faculty mile this year.
The Tar Heels will be back in action on Thursday, April 17 in Chapel Hill for the 2014 ACC Outdoor Championships. The ACC Outdoor Championships will start on Thursday and conclude on Saturday. A recap of performances and results will be available on Goheels.com at the conclusion of each day. For more information on the ACC Outdoor Championships please visit the ACC Championship page.