Blacksburg, Va.- The Charlotte 49ers men’s and women’s track team excel in day one of action in the Virginia Tech Invitational. Anthony Bynum, Kevin Calhoun, and Katrina Wright set school records in their respective events.
“We had a very strong day for our second meet of the season with some impressive development already for a number of athletes’ performances from just one week ago. I am pleased with today and looking forward to continued development on day two,” said Coach Robert Olesen.
Anthony Bynum started the day qualifying third in the 60m dash with a time of 6.85 finishing first in his heat. Bynum capped off a finals performance in fifth but improved his time to 6.80. Both performances were personal bests and moved him up to the seventh spot in the all-time list.
Bynum did not stop with personal bests moving on to his next event, the 300m. Bynum finished first in the 300m and set the school record with a 33.06 performance. All-American Darius Law previously held the record with a time of 33.28. Bynum’s previous best was 34.19 and was sitting behind Law for the top spot.
Joann Blakney tied her personal best in the 60m during the finals as she qualified in the top spot running the 60m in 7.47. During the finals, Blakney took the top spot again tying her personal best with a 7.37 performance. Blakney’s finals performance is ninth in the nation in Division I women’s indoor.
Kevin Calhoun went to new heights tying the school record in the pole vault event clearing 15’11”. Calhoun sat in second place clearing 15’1” last season and now sits tied with Robert Wilson for the top spot. Calhoun went for the outright record at 16’5” but nicked the bar on his final attempt.
Freshman Nathan Jeffers qualified in the 60m Hurdles with a time of 8.63 finishing first in his heat. Jeffers came up short in the finals placing eighth.
Alvonna Blakney placed third in the preliminaries with a time of 8.69 in the 60m Hurdles. Blakney followed up that performance with a third place finish and improving her time to 8.62.
T’Sheila Mungo provided a strong performance in the 500m finishing just off the pace of her own school record finishing as the top collegiate finisher running the event in 1:12.12.
Phillip Bryant, Christopher Boyd, and Chris Tate put up solid performances in the 500m event as well placing in the top 15. Bryant finished the event in sixth (1:05.44), Boyd finished in tenth (1:05.96) and Tate placed 12th with a 1:06.13 performance.
In the field events, Briauna Jones placed third in the women’s triple jump clearing a mark of 12.06m (39’7). Freshman Dejah Hayes picked up a fifth place finish leaping 11.58m (38’). Freshman Brittany Plummer set a personal best in the pole vault event clearing 3.30m (10’10).
Kerrick Williams improved his personal best in the 35lb. weight throw extending his previous mark by one foot seven inches. Williams’ performance moves him up the ranks moving from sixth to fifth on the all-time list.
Katrina Wright improved the school record in the women’s 20lb. weight throw. Wright had set the school record last season with a throw of 16.91m (55’5.75). Wright improved that mark with a throw of 17.18m (56’4.5).
The men’s and women’s team competes tomorrow in day two of the Virginia Tech Invitational starting at 11:00 am.