KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of North Carolina track and field teams completed day three of competition in the Tennessee Relays on Saturday afternoon at Tom Black Track. Although it was a light day of competition with only five events for UNC, the Tar Heels put forth impressive performances.
“We saw the team take a significant step forward this weekend,” said UNC head coach Harlis Meaders. “We ended the day with significant performances in the 4x400m.”
Alexis Gannon had a lifetime best jump of 41’ 11 ½” (12.79m) in the triple jump on Saturday afternoon to take second place among a talented field of competitors. Gannon’s jump is the second best in the ACC this season and is currently ranked 19th in the NCAA. Brianna Duncan made her season debut in the event, recording a mark of 38’ 10 ½” (11.85m) to place seventh for North Carolina. In addition, Brianna Isles placed 15th with a mark of 35’ ½” (10.68m).
Darryl Shaw had another solid performance in the triple jump for the Tar Heels, as he had a season-best mark of 50’ 3 ¼” (15.32m) to capture fourth place. Shaw’s mark is ranked fifth in the ACC thus far in the 2017 season. Zay Paschall also competed for UNC and finished ninth in the event with a jump of 47’ ¼” (14.33m).
“In the triple jump, Gannon and Shaw both had performances that should qualify them for the NCAA first round in Kentucky,” said Meaders.
The men and women’s teams both wrapped up the 50th annual Tennessee Relays with the 4x400m relays. The women’s squad, which consisted of Natisha Dixon, Jewel Christian, Cierra Dunston and McKinley McNeill, finished in third place in a season-best time of 3:39.03. The team managed to shave off nearly 3-seconds from last weekend’s dominating performance at the Battle of the Blues, and the time is ranked fifth in the ACC this season.
The men’s relay team, which included Brandon Cachon, Kenny Selmon, Kwame Donyinah and RJ Alowonle, clocked in at 3:08.02 to finish second among a field loaded with elite competition. This time was a 6-second season-best from North Carolina’s time of 3:14.30 at the Dennis Craddock Carolina Relays on March 18. The Tar Heels’ time is ranked third in the ACC and 23rd in the NCAA thus far in the 2017 outdoor season.