Camels wrap up day one at Camel City Invite

Joan Maritim (David Duncan Photography)
Joan Maritim (David Duncan Photography)

WINSTON SALEM, N.C. – Campbell indoor track & field wrapped up day one of the Camel City Elite Invitational Friday night at the JDL Fast Track with six top-five finishes and eight new personal records. Lilla Juhasz (60m hurdles), Roshae Jackson (800m) and Joan Maritim (3000m) each put up Big South-leading marks to highlight CU's performances on the day.

The meet began with the women's mile which saw Amina Alvarez Barkane record her fastest time since 2014 at 5:21.43. In the men's mile, Meshack Kipruto set a personal record in 4:13.93 to place second overall. Shortly behind him was Kelvin Kirui who finished fourth with a time of 4:15.46. Freshman Graeme Fisher also set a new personal mark in the mile at 4:21.25.

Following the mile were the qualifying rounds of the 60m dash. Juhasz and Janai Scott moved past qualifying to tomorrow's 60m prelims with marks of 7.74 and 7.86, respectively. On the men's side, Daequon Carr qualified for prelims with Campbell's fastest time of the day at 7.06.

Campbell had two freshmen make their debuts in the 5000m events. Madeline Fitch completed the 5K in 18:54.52, while Hunter Gilbert ran a 15:27.83 for the Campbell men. Up next was the 800m, where Jackson ran a 2:13.88 to set the top mark in the conference this season. Heidi Tuszkiewicz and Ka'Deem Wynn set PR's in the 800 at 2:24.70 and 2:00.90, respectively.

Juhasz had a conference-leading performance in the 60m hurdles qualifying round, placing third overall with a time of 8.46. Tatiana Wolfe ran an 8.62 in the same event to place eighth, and both runners will be racing in the 60m hurdles prelims tomorrow afternoon. On the men's side, Chigozie Atavwigho ran an 8.63 to qualify for the Men's Camel City 60m hurdles.

In the field events, CU recorded two top-five finishes as Shenelle McKay placed fifth in the high jump after clearing 1.66m, while Davian Rhodes jumped 2.06m to place third on the men's side. In addition, Chase Edwards jumped a season-best 1.91m.

Wolfe continued Campbell's success in the women's 400m, placing third with a mark of 57.69 which was CU's fastest time this season. In the men's 400m, Campbell junior Marcus Mize set a new PR at 53.96.

CU ended the day with the women's 3000m. Maritim ran a 9:47.96 which was the third-fastest time in Campbell history and the fastest in the conference this year by more than 40 seconds. Michaela Louw (10:23.28) and Alvarez-Barkane (10:43.87) both also set new personal marks in the event.

The Camels are back in action tomorrow morning for day two of the Camel City Elite Invitational, with events beginning at 9:30 a.m. In addition to the collegiate/open events, JDL Fast Track has invited some of the top athletes in the country, professional or amateur, to compete in Camel City 'Elite' sponsored events throughout the day. Amon Terer and Amon Kemboi will represent Campbell in the Men's Camel City 3k by Salem Sports, scheduled for tomorrow afternoon at 2:35 p.m.

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