Camels impress in season opener at Early Bird Duals

Camels impress in season opener at Early Bird Duals

WINSTON SALEM, N.C. – Campbell's indoor track and field season began Sunday morning as the CU competed in the UNCG Early Bird Duals at the JDL Fast Track. Junior Racheal Brown took first overall in the women's 400m with a time of 57.83, while freshman Marta Segarra-Dionis placed first in the women's high jump with a mark of 1.70m.

CU saw several athletes make their indoor track debuts at the meet, including freshmen Isis Brooks and Janai Scott who posted the second and third fastest times in the 200m with marks of 25.46 and 25.68, respectively. The duo also recorded Campbell's two fastest 60m runs on the day as Brooks clocked a 7.76 and Scott raced a 7.83.

On the men's side, Daequon Carr had Campbell's fastest 200m on the day, recording a 23.44 in his first college meet. Collin Cooper posted the seventh-fastest time in the 800m with a 51.78 in his collegiate debut. Freshmen Graeme Fisher and Hunter Gilbert excelled in the mile run, placing fourth and fifth on the day with marks of 4:27.94 and 4:29.43, respectively.

"I really thought the freshmen handled themselves very well," said head coach Michael Kelly. "They showed that they are ready to compete at the collegiate level."

The Campbell upperclassmen held their own in the meet as well. Khai McLin and Lorne Jenkins led the Camels in the men's 60m, posting times of 6.95 and 7.04, respectively. In addition, Nate Tyson set a new PR in the 60m, racing a 7.43 to shave 0.16 seconds off his collegiate-best time. Chigozie Atavwigho ran the sixth-best time of the day in the men's 60m hurdles with a time of 8.55. In the 4x400m relay, Campbell's 'A' team (Atavwigho, Jenkins, McLin and Jacob Carter) took second place in 3:22.91.

Sabina Allen also set a new personal mark, finishing the women's 200m with a time of 25.96, nearly 0.7 seconds faster than her previous best. Amina Alvarez Barkane shaved 4.88 seconds off her personal best time in the women's 3K, finishing the race in 10:55.55. Roshae Jackson posted the second-fastest time of the day in the women's mile with a 5:15.26, while Brianna Meyrick led CU with the ninth-fastest time in the women's 800m at 2:27.00. In the high jump, Shenelle McKay placed second on the day with a mark of 1.65m. Tatiana Wolfe represented CU in the hurdles, placing fifth with an 8.75. Campbell's 'A' Team (Jocelyn Cullbreath, Wolfe, Brown and Jackson) finished second in the women's 4x400m relay with a time of 3:55.32.

"It was encouraging to see our returners open up with times and marks so close to where we left off last track season," Coach Kelly said of his upperclassmen.

Up next, Campbell will begin the new year at the Joe Hilton Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C., set for a 10 a.m. start on January 7.

"Overall, it was a good meet for us," Kelly said. "Definitely one of the better season openers we have had in my time at Campbell. Hopefully this meet was a nice reward for those working hard this Fall, and also a wakeup call for those who aren't where they are supposed to be."

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