Track and Field records 14 season-best marks at UNC Open

Lorne Jenkins (Photo courtesy of Big South Sports)
Lorne Jenkins (Photo courtesy of Big South Sports)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Campbell's indoor track and field squad opened the New Year Saturday at the Art and Linda Maillet Open at the Eddie Smith Field House in Chapel Hill, N.C.  The Camels saw four individual first-place finishes from Meshack Kipruto (men's mile, 3000m), Kelsey Rea (women's 800m) and Marta Segarra-Dionis (women's high jump).

CU put up 14 season-best marks in Saturday's meet. On the men's side, newcomer Alize Graham jumped a 7.02m in the men's high jump, while senior Davian Rhodes cleared 2.06m in the men's high jump. Billy Knabe ran the first 5000m for the Camels this season, placing fifth overall with a time of 16:10.06. Chigozie Atavwigho posted a personal and team-best in the finals of the 60m hurdles with a mark of 8.41. Lorne Jenkins ran Campbell's fastest 200m of the season in 22.80. Freshman Collin Cooper represented CU in the 400m, shaving 0.3 second off his previous mark, while classmate Ka'Deem Wynn took .07 seconds off his previous 800m with a 2:01.12 for the team's top time this season. Kipruto's first-place finishes in the mile (4:14.74) and the 3000m (8:35.11) were also top marks for the Camels.

The Campbell women did their part in posting season-best marks as well. Sabina Allen had the second-best long jump on the day with a 5.70m, while Marta Segarra-Dionis tied her previous best mark at 1.70m. Lilla Juhasz posted the best 60m hurdles for Campbell this season in the prelims with a time of 8.65. Lize Botha's mark of 10:51.44 in the 3000m was CU's fastest time of the season, and Kelsey Rea's first-place finish in the 800m also set a top mark for the Camels at 2:20.67.

"You can always count on the first January meet to be full of surprises, both good and bad," said head coach Michael Kelly. "As a whole, I'd say we definitely had more good than bad."

In addition to the season-best marks, both teams saw plenty of impressive performances in the meet. In the men's mile, the Camels went 1-2-3 with Kelvin Kirui and Graeme Fisher finishing shortly after Kipruto. Kirui also placed second in the men's 3000m, coming in at 8:35.14, while freshman Hunter Gilbert finished sixth with a mark of 8:53.45. Marcus Mize set a new personal best in the 60m hurdles with a 9.25, while Jacob Carter finished with a new college-best time in the 60m dash at 7.49. Daequon Carr broke two of his personal marks, racing a 7.00 in the 60m and a 23.09 in the 200m.

Five of the top seven competitors in the women's long jump represented Campbell, including Allen, Jullia Morris, Shenelle McKay, Jada Johnson and Deonica Reid. In the women's 200m, Janai Scott posted the third-fastest time of the day at 25.71, with Morris shortly behind at 26.07 to place sixth. Tatiana Wolfe finished third in the women's 60m hurdles finals with a time of 8.88, while Jocelyn Culbreath placed fifth in the 400m in 59.53.

A trio of Camels qualified for the 60m dash finals in Juhasz, Allen and Scott who placed fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively. Heidi Tuszkiewicz ran CU's fastest mile of the day in 5:30.49, while Ali Bowen took more than five second off her previous best with a 5:40.30. In the women's 3000m, Michaela Louw placed seventh in her Campbell debut, followed closely by Madeline Fitch who finished ninth.

For a full breakdown of today's meet, click the 'Results' tab at the top of the page.
Up next, the Camels will continue training in preparation for the Liberty Kickoff, hosted by conference rival Liberty. The two-day meet is set for January 20-21 at the Tolsma Indoor Track Center. For the most up-to-date information on Campbell track & field, follow @GoCamelsRun on Twitter.