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Niners Continue Success in Day One of Hokie Invite

Blacksburg, Va.- Charlotte 49ers track program had another successful day in Blacksburg participating in the Hokie Invitational on Friday night. 

“We had a good first day with several athletes setting personal bests and showing promise for conference level performance,” said Coach Robert Olesen.  “I’m looking forward to continued success on day two.”

Zach Greth started off the night with an all-time performance in the 3000m.  Greth finished the event with an 8:35.25 performance placing him eighth all-time and knocking coach Ed Schlichter out of the top ten.  “It’s been a long time coming.  I enjoyed my time on the list but I’m more excited about progress.  It was a great season opening 3k for him,” said Coach Ed Schlichter.

Morgan Richards finished seventh in the mile finals running a 5:02.42 mile for a season best. Lauren Gulley finished inside the top ten in the 300m placing ninth.  Gulley improved her season best with a 40.72 performance.

Christopher Tate placed sixth in the men’s 300m.  Tate moved up the all-time ranks jumping teammate John Osborne for third place.  Tate finished the 300m with a 34.32 performance.

Alvonna Blakney continued her success qualifying for the 60m hurdles placing fourth in the prelims with an 8.83 performance.  Blakney followed up the performance with an even better time blazing up the track in 8.66 for a second place finish and marking a season best time.

Joshua Dunston improved on his season best from last week qualifying for the 60m hurdles with an 8.36 performance.  Dunston continued to improve in the finals setting a season best 8.303 and placing seventh in the finals.

Briauna Jones qualified in the women’s 60m dash placing seventh in the prelims with a 7.74 performance.  She improved her prelims time (7.66) with a fifth place finish missing a top three finish by .02. 

Anthony Campbell improved his season best triple jump mark finishing first in the event.  Campbell had a leap of 14.96m before his final attempt.  Campbell’s final leap cleared 15.02m (49’3.5).

Freshman Brittany Plummer finished third in the women’s pole vault.  Plummer cleared 3.35m (10’11.75) improving her personal best by two inches.  Scott Oosthuysen set a personal best in the men’s pole vault, vaulting 4.45m (14’7.25).

Michael Pecchia took home first place in his flight in the men’s weight throw by over a foot.  Pecchia used his second attempt to take home a personal best and a 15.58m (51’1.5) performance and a tenth place overall finish.

Charlotte will resume action Saturday in day two of the Hokie Invitational.  Events will take place starting at 11 am and will conclude with the 4x400m relay at 4 pm. 

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