INSIDE TRACK & FIELD
|Two School Records Fall at Raleigh Relays|
RALEIGH, N.C. - Two school records fell over the weekend as the 49ers track and field team competed at the Raleigh Relays at NC State. The women's 1600m sprint medley relay group of Joann Blakney, Jaleah Wilder, T'Sheila Mungo and Maraya Slatter set a new record (3:52.83; 1st). In addition, Toby Jo Klauenburg bettered her own mark in the shot put by a full three centimeters (13.24m; 10th).
"The Raleigh Relays provided some very positive results for us," said Director of Track and Field Bob Olesen. "With the emphasis on relays and the field event group off, we didn't have a large number of individual results, but a number of strong relay performances."
Three other women's relay groups performed especially well on the weekend. The 4x100m relay of LaTrese Barker, Sirrell Butler, Briauna Jones and Blakney had a strong showing (46.08; 3rd). The women's 4x200m squad (1:35.99; 1st) of Barker, Blakney, Mungo and Wilder won the event and moved to third all-time in school history. In addition, the 4x400m team (3:40.70; 2nd) of Mungo, Cecily Young, Morrison and Wilder moved to fourth all-time.
Several other 49ers turned in noteworthy performances. In the sprints/hurdles group, Ashley Bethune (14.35) and Juanita Leto (14.29) both PR'd in the 100m hurdles. LeAnna Morrison ran a 1:02.13 in the 400m hurdles. Senior Isaac McReynolds ran a season-best in the 110m hurdles (14.17).
On the distance side, rookie Zach Greth ran the fastest Charlotte 5,000m time of the day (15:12.82), while classmate Kristen Stout (17:50.07) ran the best women's 5K. Katie Holloway (18:34.44; 11th) and Jennifer Molke (18:38.04; 12th) ran neck and neck in their section of the women's 5,000m.
Junior Maria Ruiz (10:55.53; 10th) and senior Laura McCary (11:02.82; 14th) moved to fourth and fifth, respectively, all-time in the women's 3,000m steeplechase with new PRs. On the men's side, senior Dakota Lowery finished fifth in the event with a time of 9:12.23.
At the mid-distance level, junior transfer Maraya Slatter moved to second all-time in school history in the 800m (2:09.46; 7th) in her 49er debut in the event.
"Last weekend at USC and this weekend at Raleigh, with different segments of the team competing and training through alternatively, allowed us to work hard through the early outdoor season," Olesen said. "Now as we enter the heart of the outdoor season with Auburn, Duke and Sea Ray Relays we will be starting to sharpen up our performances and see where we stand and what areas need attention as we prepare for the championship phase."