WINSTON SALEM, N.C. – Campbell indoor track & field put up another solid performance Sunday afternoon at the JDL Fast Track, recording 14 top-three finishes at UNC Greensboro's Dual Meet Madness.
"Overall, we had a really good meet," said head coach Michael Kelly. "The team as a whole is improving and competing at a much higher level than before. This meet made me even more excited for what the rest of the season has in store for us."
Campbell senior Lilla Juhasz placed first in the women's 60m hurdles, and her mark of 8.61 was the fastest in the Big South this season. Junior Deonica Reid shattered her personal best 60m dash with a time of 7.67, which was was also the top mark in the conference this year. Kelvin Kirui recorded his first-career first-place finish in the men's 800m, finishing with a time of 1:53.25 that was just .01 seconds away from the Campbell record (Morgan Timiney, 2015).
CU got off to a strong start with Juhasz and Tatiana Wolfe placing first and second, respectively, in the women's 60m hurdles. On the men's side, Chigozie Atavwigho picked up a first-place finish in the 60m hurdles with a mark of 8.45. In addition to Reid's dominant performance in the women's 60m dash, freshman Daequon Carr took third in the men's 60m dash with a personal-best 6.99.
In the women's 200m, Janai Scott set a new personal record with a 25.30, placing second overall. Wolfe followed up her second-place performance in the hurdles with a first-place finish in the women's 400m in 57.96. The Campbell women also took third in the mile as Michaela Louw ran a 5:09.53 in her college debut of that event.
"Deonica Reid had a great performance in the 60, running a time that could put her on the podium at conference," Kelly said. "Freshman Janai Scott had an outstanding, conference-leading performance in the 200m, and she also crushed the anchor leg of the 4x4 for a come from behind win. Michaela Louw had a great mile debut for a freshmen, clocking 5:09."
Kirui and Meshack Kipruto put on a show in the men's 800m, placing first and second respectively with the next closest runner coming in more than two seconds later. In the 4x400 relays, the Campbell women (Wolfe, Roshae Jackson, Kelsey Rea and Scott) placed first with a time of 3:55.75 while the men (Atavwigho, Ka'Deem Wynn, Kipruto and Kirui) finished third in 3:26.74.
"Kelvin and Meshack continue to impress me, this time in the 800m as well as running pretty decent legs in the 4x4," Kelly said. "Daequon Carr and Chigozie Atavwigho had solid performances in the 60m dash as well."
In the field events, the Camels saw two top-three finishes from Davian Rhodes and Jada Johnson. Rhodes continued his success in the men's high jump, placing second in the meet after clearing 2.03m. Johnson excelled in her collegiate triple jump debut with an 11.55m to place first overall.
In addition to all the top-three finishes, Campbell had plenty of personal records set on the afternoon. Atavwigho (7.05) and Jacob Carter (7.41) posted personal bests in the men's 60m dash, while Marcus Mize put up a new PR in the 60m hurdles at 9.21. Kirui (1:53.25) and Kipruto (1:53.35) each ran their fastest 800m, while freshman Casper Duell shaved nearly three seconds off his PR in the men's mile with a mark of 4:36.40.
Kelsey Rea set a PR in women's 400m in 1:01.51, while Amina Alvarez Barkane (2:24.12) and Heidi Tuszkiewicz (2:25.45) posted new personal bests in the women's 800m. Freshman Jade Baldwin took almost five seconds off her 3000m time with a mark of 11:32.89.
Reid and Nate Tyson both put up personal bests in the field events for CU. In the men's high jump, Tyson cleared a mark of 1.93m to place fourth overall, while Reid jumped a 5.36m in the women's long jump, also placing fourth.
Up next, the Camels will head back to Winston Salem to compete in the Camel City Elite Invitational next weekend, Feb 3-4. For the most up-to-date information on Campbell track & field, follow @GoCamelsRun on Twitter.