|Niners open season well at JDL Kickoff|
WINSTON SALEM, N.C. - The Charlotte 49ers opened the 2012-13 indoor track and field season in style as nine 49ers took home first place finishes in the season-opener at the JDL College Kickoff Classic in Winston-Salem, earlier Saturday evening.
Charlotte picked up several victories in the field events. The 49ers dominated the triple jump, placing three in the top four. Cordell Livingston led the way to first place leap of 48'11" (14.91m). Anthony Campbell followed in second with a mark of 47'03" (14.42m). Desmond Stearns was fourth with a leap of 44'06" (13.58m).
Joshua Dunston and Coye Still were first and second in the long jump respectively for the 49ers. Dunston jumped 23'01" (7.04m) to take first followed by Still in second with a jump of 22'11" (6.98m).
Jake Deaton won the shot put with a throw of 57'05" (17.51m) and came within in reach of breaking the indoor school record. Robert Wilson finished second in the pole vault with a clearance of 15'05" (4.70m).
Briauna Jones won the long jump with a mark of 18'08" (5.70m). Jones was also third in the triple jump, clearing 38'09" (11.81m). Katrina Wright was third in the weight throw with a toss of 53'00" (16.17m), nearing a school record and Toby Jo Klauenberg was fourth tossing 49'03" (15.01m). Klauenberg also came close to a record as she threw 43'09" (13.35m) in the shot put to finish fourth.
The men's and women's 4x400 meter relay team also picked up wins. Michael Pedemonte, Khyran Shank, Brian Hamilton, and Chris Tate were first with a time of 3:25.64. The women's team of T'Sheila Mungo, Jaleah Wilder, Morrison, and Karsynn Tuttle finished with a mark of 3:55.40.
In the 500m run, Mungo was first with a time of 1:14.15.
Additionally, Pedemonte (1:05.98) won the 500m run, followed by Tate in second (1:06.4), and Hamilton in third (1:06.6).
Isaac McReynolds competed unattached but won the 60m hurdles (7.95).
Jones took second in the 60m dash with a time of 7.64 and Livingston was also second in the 60m hurdles (8.06), both finishing as the top collegiate performer in their events.
"We had a great first meet at JDL," said head coach Robert Olesen. "We learned a great deal about where we are in our physical and technical development at the end of our fall training period and as we head into the winter break. We were very well represented in the results with numerous top finishes and have started off the season with many solid performances including several in the top ten all time."
The 49ers will take some time off and return back to action in 2013 when it heads to the UAB Blazer Invitational in Birmingham, Alabama, January 10-11.