|Niner men win Virginia Invitational|
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte men’s track and field team won the Virginia Invitational Saturday afternoon at Lannigan Field with a team score of 148.
Virginia was second (141.5), followed by Kent State (123), Robert Morris (62), Maryland-Eastern Shore (56), Norfolk State (38.5) and Georgetown (16).
The women’s team finished fourth with a team score of 83.5. Kent State won the meet with 182 points, followed by host Virginia (98), Maryland-Eastern Shore (85), Robert Morris (53.5), Norfolk State (38), Georgetown (19), and Loyola (18).
Charlotte finished the day by winning eight events as a team.
In the 100m, Khyran Shank claimed first with a season-best time of 10.58. LeRoy Rouse was second with a personal record time of 10.66 that ranks tenth on the Charlotte all-time top ten list. Anthony Bynum finished in third with a PR of 10.68.
John Osborne, along with Shank, Rouse, and Bynum won the 4x100m relay (40.36). Their season-best performance ranks ninth on the all-time list. Shank also won the 200m (21.27) and Osborne (21.74) was third. Isaac McReynolds won the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.17.
The Niners performed extremely well in the field events and were led by several athletes. Jake Deaton won the discus with a throw of 180’06. Anthony Campbell finished first in the triple jump (47’05.75) and Desmond Stearns was fifth (45’09.75).
Charlotte placed four in the long jump finals and Still finished third with a leap of 22’05.25. Stearns was fifth (21’11.5), McRae was sixth (21’10.25), and Campbell finished eighth (21’08.75).
Kevin Calhoun took third in the pole vault with a PR of 15’05.75. Robert Wilson finished fourth (15’00) and Louis Zampetti was eighth (13’00.25). John Celona placed fifth in the hammer with a throw of 151’07 and Kenneth Pressley was seventh with a PR of 152’09.
On the women’s side, Charlotte placed four in the 100m hurdles and Juanito Leto won the event with a time of 14.13. Alvonna Blakney was second (14.20), LeAnna Morrison was third (14.25), and Evelyn Putman was seventh (15.17).
LeAnna Morrison was third in the triple jump with a leap of 38’08.75. Putman finished third in the long jump (17’09.50), followed by Chelsie Carlton in fourth (17’03.25), and Alicia Gainey in eighth (16’07.75).
Rachel Miller was sixth (2:14.13) in her debut in the 800m. Her time moves to ninth on the all-time chart.
In the women’s hammer, Katrina Wright led the way with a second place toss of 161’04. Aubrey Dowding finished third with a personal record of 146’02. Toby Jo Klauenberg followed in fourth (144’00). Wright also finished second in the discus (151’07) and Klauenberg was ninth with a PR of 140’00. In the shot put, Klauenberg finished seventh with a throw of 43’01.75.
Other notable performances included Brittney Simmons finishing fifth in the high jump with a leap of 15’2. In the pole vault, Jana Eatman (10’00.75) and Sarah Fell (10’00.75) finished sixth and seventh respectively. Dowding led Charlotte in the javelin with a toss of 132’06 to place fifth. Brittany Ann Leffler was sixth (131’00) and Eatman was eighth (110’04). Taylor Carcella finished seventh in the 1500 (4:44.29).
On Friday, a few distance runners competed at the Raleigh Relays hosted by North Carolina State University. The Niners had a successful turnout in the men’s and women’s 10K where six runners moved onto the Charlotte all-time top ten list.
Zach Greth highlighted the men’s race with a 15th place finish. Greth set a new personal-record of 30:31.70 and his time ranks fourth on the all-time list. Ross Roberson (31:07.75) and Joseph Cotto (31:25.79) finished with times that moved to sixth and tenth respectively on the all-time charts.
On the women’ side, Hana Sutchar finished 17th overall with a personal-best time of 35:54.53. Her time ranks third on the all-time top ten list behind 49er All-Americans Amanda Goetschius and Cassie Ficken. Jen Molke also ran a personal-best in the 10k (36:27.42) and moved to fourth on the all-time chart. Kristen Stout’s time of 37:25.84 now ranks ninth on the all-time list.