INSIDE TRACK & FIELD
|Track and Field Wraps Up Weekend Action|
Results are in from the three meets in which the Charlotte 49ers track and field team participated this past weekend. The Niners competed in the Auburn Tiger Track Classic, the Duke Invitational and the Stanford Invitational, with several athletes setting new PRs and season bests on the weekend.
"It was a busy weekend for us and we had some very positive results," said Director of Track and Field Bob Olesen. "It was a good start to this three week mid-season phase and we'll look for a lot more development as we move to another busy weekend with the Sea Ray Relays, Johnson C Smith Invitational and Dick Taylor Invitational at UNC Chapel Hill."
One school record was broken, when Cordell Livingston bettered his own mark in the 400m intermediate hurdles at the Auburn meet, finishing third with a time of 51.98. He continues to lead the Atlantic 10 in that event category.
Other highlights from Auburn included sophomore Joann Blakney, who finished fifth in the 200m (23.81), a new personal best that leads the conference and ranks third all-time in school history. She also finished eighth in the finals of the 100m (11.83)
Rookie T'Sheila Mungo was runner-up in the 400m (54.08), also a PR that stands at first in the A10. LeAnna Morrison (5th; 1:00.58) and Cecily Young (9th; 1:01.60) placed top-ten in the 400m hurdles. The women's 4x400m relay, composed of Mungo, Young, Blakney and Jaleah Wilder, took second with a time of 3:40.97.
In the women's field events at Auburn, freshman Kacie Sledge finished tied for eighth in the high jump with a personal best of 5'3. That mark puts her at seventh in the A10 and tied for ninth all-time. Sophomore Briauna Jones took sixth in the long jump (18'11.25), a new season best that ranks second in the A10.
On the men's side, rookie Khyran Shank finished seventh in the 100m (10.75), while classmate Jamil Muhammed-Ray placed 11th (10.81). Senior Isaac McReynolds set a new season-best in the 110m hurdles (7th; 14.09), continuing to rank first in the A10. Jake Wainwright took sixth in the 400m hurdles (53.57), three spots behind Livingston. The duo ranks 1-2 in the conference.
The men's 4x400m relay, composed of Chris Mathews, Cameron Tate, Wainwright and Brian Hamilton, set a season-best time of 3:13.56 to finish sixth. That performance leads the A10.
For field events, junior Kerrick Williams set a new season-best in the discus, hurling 169'0 to finish fourth. He moves to second all-time in Charlotte history with that throw, a spot above Jason Roberts, who also improved his season mark in the hammer (6th; 187'0) to remain at second all-time. Robert Wilson vaulted 15'7 in the pole vault, good for third in the A10 this season.
Charlotte's distance runners competed at the Duke Invitational, where there were also several top performances.
A group of 49ers ran well in the women's 5,000m, with senior Kristin Mitchell leading the pack with a second place finish in her section (17:58.60). Freshman Jen Molke finished close behind (5th; 18:07.48). Sophomore Ashley Edwards won her section of the event (18:10.47) while rookie Chelsea Matson finished third (18:45.59).
On the men's side, freshman Zach Greth took 14th in his section of the 5,000m with a personal record of nearly 18 seconds (14:51.13), while junior Ross Roberson finished seventh in his (14:53.58). The pair rank fifth and sixth, respectively, in the A10 this season. Senior Dakota Lowery placed seventh in the 1,500m (3:55.66), Charlotte's best time of the season in the event.
Lastly, at the Stanford Invite, senior standout Amanda Goetschius finished 33rd in the first section of the 10,000m (34:17.36). She ranks third in the Atlantic 10 this season with that time.