BLACKSBURG, Va. - The University of a North Carolina track and field teams finished competition at the Hokie Invitational on Saturday, notching two more wins and six top-three finishes for the meet.
"Overall the weekend was really good," said Coach Harlis Meaders after the conclusion of the meet, "We've had two very solid meets to open our indoor season and we're excited about putting together a 'better blue' for Carolina track and field. We're taking the steps to really be a better team and I'm proud of our student-athletes."
Elizabeth Whelan and Macon Gambill continued the Tar Heels' distance excellence with wins in the women's and men's 800, respectively. Whelan raced in 2:11.44 and Gambill in 1:54.64, both collegiate bests and top-10 ACC performances for the season. Richard Miller added to the men's 800 finish as he placed fourth clocking in at 1:55.78. Tory Kemp raced in the 600 with a time of 1:43.07 to place third.
"Our distance runners continued to have a very good weekend with their finishes from Friday and Saturday," said Coach Meaders, "They were a highlight for us all weekend."
Ariel Roberts earned the second-best conference mark of the year in the women's high jump as of this week as she cleared 5-10 ¾ (1.80 meters). Roberts placed second in the event and is now tied for 12th nationally.
"Ariel was a highlight for us in the women's high jump," added Coach Meaders, "This was a collegiate best for her and she really represented us well."
Briana Hudson earned a personal best in the women's long jump, reaching 18-8 ½ (5.70 meters) to place seventh in a deep field.
AJ Hicks continued his hold on the fourth-best ACC mark in the men's shot put with his second-place throw of 54-2 (16.51 meters). Chris DiLorenzo placed third in the shot put with a throw of 53-9 ¾ (16.40 meters)
Sarah Howard added to her early successes in the women's shot put as she placed second with a throw of 50-6 ¾ (15.41 meters), a mark that moves her up to third in the conference.
Coming off a personal best in the pole vault, Cameron Overstreet placed fourth in the same event though this time at a height of 13-0 ¾. She is tied for 12th nationally in the event with her personal best earned last week at the Dick Taylor Invitational.
"Cameron was over 13 feet again and she is doing a phenomenal job," said Coach Meaders, " Sarah also had a PR in the women's shot put. Those three young ladies, Ariel, Cameron and Sarah, really represented the field events very well for us. I'm proud of them.
"We'll continue the process next week at home," added Coach Meaders, "We'll get a really good look at some of our national competition with the small group we will send to New Balance in New York."
The Tar Heels return to action next weekend as the team splits across three meets. Carolina will host the Gene Anderson Invitational as Tar Heels also venture to the New Balance Collegiate Invitational in New York City and the JDL Invitational Mile in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Fans are invited to attend the Gene Anderson Invitational, which will be held at the Eddie Smith Field House on Saturday, February 2nd beginning at 9:30 a.m. For more information on the next home meet, stay tuned to GoHeels.com