|Niners finish strong at Tiger Paw Invite|
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte track and field team closed out the Tiger Paw Invitational hosted by Clemson on a high note as several 49ers claimed first place finishes on Saturday evening.
The 4x400m relay team of T'Sheila Mungo, LeAnna Morrison, Maraya Slatter, and Joann Blakney won the event with a season-best time of 3:49.83.
Mungo also went on to win the 400m (55.69) and Blakney finished second in the 200m (25.10). Alvonna Blakney was third with a season-best time of 25.23.
The Niner women were solid in the distance events. Morgan Richards finished first in the 3000m (10:13.12). Kristen Stout was eight with a time of 10:27.57. In the mile, Slatter came in second with a season-best time of 5:00.88 which is ninth on the Charlotte all-time list. Richards was fourth with a personal record of 5:01.39 that moves to tenth on the all-time list. Maria Ruiz finished eighth (5:05.55). In the 800m, Taylor Carcella was fourth with a season-best time of 2:15.72 that is seventh on the all-time charts.
Khryan Shank had good performances in the sprints for the Niners. Shank won the open 60m (6.77). That time was a season-best and is tied fourth on the Charlotte all-time list. Shank was second in the 200m (21.95). John Osborne was fourth with a season-best time of 22.16 and LeRoy Rouse was eighth (22.38).
Briauna Jones was the second collegiate finisher and third overall in the 60m with a time of 7.58. In the prelims she finished with a time of 7.56 which is her best performance of the season. Jones competed in the triple jump and finished fourth (39’1.25). Morrison had a leap of 38’7.75 that was good for seventh place.
The 49ers placed three in the top ten in the men’s triple jump. Cordell Livingston was second (48’10.75), Anthony Campbell was fourth with a season-best mark of 48’6.25 which now ranks tenth on the all-time list. Trey McRae finished sixth with a leap of 48’1.25 in his first ever career debut in the triple jump.
Chris Tate (49.29) and Brian Hamilton (49.82) were sixth and ninth respectively in the 400m. The duo posted season-best times and Tate’s time is seventh on the all-time list.
In the shot put, Toby Jo Klauenberg was sixth (42’11.75).
"We had a great meet at Clemson this weekend improving our standings in a number of events and providing valuable strategic feedback regarding how we should enter our people into next week's Atlantic 10 Conference Championship," head coach Robert Olesen said. "We really performed well in virtually every event that we felt we were underrepresented in the conference rankings from regular season meets and showed that those that will be traveling to URI next week are primed and ready for championship level performances."
Charlotte will be back on the track on Saturday, Feb. 16-17 when it competes in its final Atlantic 10 Indoor Championship in Newport, Rhode Island.
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