CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Four members of the Charlotte track and field team etched their names into the record book on the closing day of the legendary Florida Relays which represented some of the best athletes around the world.
The shuttle hurdle relay team of LeAnna Morrison, Juanita Leto, Evelyn Putman, and Alvonna Blakney was the top collegiate finisher and fourth overall with a time of 56.70, breaking the previous school record of 56.71 set in 2009.
Jake Deaton was the top collegiate finisher and second overall in the invitational discus throw with a toss of 180’8. Deaton was also tenth overall in the invitational shot put (56’04.75), Robert Wilson was 12th in the pole vault (15’05).
The 4x100m relay team (John Osborne, LeRoy Rouse, Anthony Bynum, and Khyran Shank) finished 11th with a time of 40.78. The women’s team (Chelsie Carlton, Briauna Jones, Sarah Justice, and A. Blakney) was 31st in their season-debut (47.41). Jones was also 22nd in the triple jump (38’06.25).
The 4x400m relay team (Brian Hamilton, Christopher Boyd, Bynum, and Chris Tate) finished 18th (3:12.87). The women’s team (T’Sheila Mungo, Jaleah Wilder, A. Blakney, and Morrison) was 27th with a season-best time of 3:44.76.
Mungo finished with a time of 53.92 in the 400m relay to finish 16th. Maraya Slatter was 20th in the 800m with a team-leading time of 2:09.74. Rachel Miller also turned in a season-best display and finished 27th with a time of 2:12.91 that ranks sixth on the Charlotte all-time top ten list.
A. Blakney had a personal-record time of 14.00 in the 100m hurdles. A. Blakney was 28th and her time moves to fourth on the Charlotte all-time list. Morrison followed in 32nd (14.15) and Leto was 33rd (14.19).
Highlighting the Duke Invitational on Saturday was Maria Ruiz who won the 2000m steeplechase with a personal-record time of 7:00.11 in her season debut. Morgan Richards who also competed in the event for the first time of the season followed in second with a time of 7:08.96 that ranks third on the Charlotte all-time list. Ashleigh Handchen was sixth with a season-best time of 7:35.81.
Richards also performed well in the 3000m and claimed third (10:06.67). That time ranks ninth on the all-time list. Kristen Stout was 13th (10:29.44).
In the field events, Lauren Gulley finished third in the high jump with a leap of 5’4 that ranks seventh all-time. Victor Campbell (147’5) and Kenneth Pressley (144’8) were 11th and 12th in the hammer throw. Campbell’s throw ranks tenth on the Charlotte all-time list.
On the men’s side, Michael Pedemonte was 12th in the 400m hurdles with a season-best time of 56.23. Cody Hodgins (9:36.30) and Daweet Dagnachew (9:42.08) had their season debut in the 3000m steeplechase and finished 11th and 13th respectively.
Charlotte is scheduled to compete at the N.C, A&T Aggie Invitational on Friday, April 12-13 and the Golden Bull Invitational hosted by Johnson C. Smith University on Saturday, April 13.