Charlotte, N.C.- Track season has officially begun as the 49ers will compete in two meets this weekend to start off the 2014 campaign. Charlotte will head down to Birmingham, Ala. to participate in the UAB Blazer Invitational, Friday-Saturday, as well as, going to Winston-Salem, N.C. to participate in the JDL Sunday All-Comers, Sunday.
The 49ers finished the Atlantic 10 indoor season with a sweep of both men’s and women’s titles. With the 49ers moving back into the Conference USA, they have something to prove coming from the A-10 with 12 of the possible 16 indoor titles. Charlotte won seven women's indoor titles and five men's titles during its eight year stint.
Coach Robert Olesen enters his 20th season looking for his first team title in C-USA. Charlotte won only one indoor title during the 49ers first stint in the C-USA during the 2001 men’s indoor season. Olesen was an assistant coach at the time the Niners won the indoor title.
Charlotte will be led by A-10 Outstanding Track performer Joann Blakney, who won the 60m, 200m and long jump titles last season. A-10 Most Outstanding Rookie, Alvonna Blakney, 60m hurdles champion, will look to build off a successful freshman campaign.
Briauna Jones and Sarah Justice will compete in the 60m dash. Jones is second on Charlotte’s all-time performance list in the 60m. Charlotte’s freshman will jump right into action in the first meet of the year. Charlotte is sending six of the 11 freshmen on the women’s side.
Alvonna Blakney will participate in the 60m hurdles followed alongside Juanita Leto and Evelyn Putman. T’Shelia Mungo will lead the 49ers in the 400m with teammates Jaleah Wilder and freshman Brittany Moss.
Charlotte’s men will be led by Anthony Bynum, LeRoy Rouse and John Osborne in the 60 meter. Coye Still will look to continue his success in the field events participating in the long jump and high jump events. Trey McRae will also participate in the high jump.
Charlotte will start the season Friday at 3 pm at the Birmingham Crossplex Arena. The Niners will return late Saturday night from the UAB Blazer Invitational before heading to Winston-Salem, N.C. for the JDL Sunday All-Comers. Charlotte will run against UAB, La Tech and FIU from the C-USA. Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Florida State are some other notable programs that will be competing.