Atlanta, Ga. – Three North Carolina Tar Heels qualified for the 400 meter hurdle finals in the first day of competition at the 2017 ACC outdoor track and field championships on Friday at the George C. Griffin Track on the Georgia Tech campus.
Junior Kenny Selmon posted the second-fastest time in the event with a time of 49.84, just 0.14 behind Pitt's Desmond Palmer. UNC senior RJ Alowonle ran a time of 51.39 to qualify in fifth, and Brandon Cachon crossed the line at 52.02, good for the seventh-best qualifying mark.
Jared Martin, a freshman from Greensboro, N.C., scored Carolina's first point of the meet with an eighth place throw of 186-0.
In the first day of the men's decathlon, Will Eskew stood in ninth place with 2,551 points. His best finish was a sixth place in the 400 meters at 51.73.
In the women's heptathlon, senior Emily Godwin was in eighth place after Friday's four events. She scored a pair of third place finishes in the high jump (5-6) and shot put (38-9 ¾).
In the women's hammer throw, Alexandria Cookie narrowly missed a top eight performance with a top throw of 181-11 and finished ninth.
The Tar Heels return to action on Saturday. The men's shot put starts at 3 p.m. and the women's 100 meter hurdles begins at 5:45 p.m.