Camels break three school records at Camel City Invite

Amon Terer (Photo courtesy of Big South Sports)
Amon Terer (Photo courtesy of Big South Sports)

WINSTON SALEM, N.C. – The Fighting Camels broke three school records to highlight day two of the Camel City Elite Invitational Saturday afternoon at the JDL Fast Track. CU's Roshae Jackson, Janai Scott, Kelsey Rea and Joan Maritim completed the women's distance medley relay in 11:59.41, followed by Meshack Kipruto, Collin Cooper, Graeme Fisher and Kelvin Kirui who ran the men's DMR in 10:00.53. Senior Amon Terer shattered Campbell's 3000m record with a time of 7:59.92 to round out the Camels' record-breaking performances.

The women's DMR was the first event of the day for Campbell. Jackson completed the 1200m leg in 3:39.19, followed by Scott who ran the 400m leg in 58.68. Kelsey Rea finished the 800m leg in 2:18.44, and then Maritim anchored the group with a mark of 5:03.09 in the final 1600m leg. Their time of 11:59.41 beat the previous Campbell record by more than eight seconds, a mark that had held since 2012.

On the men's side, Kipruto got the relay started with a 3:03.22 in the 1200m leg. Freshmen Cooper and Fisher represented the Campbell men in the middle legs, running the 400m in 50.86 and the 800m in 1:55.73, respectively. Reigning Big South Athlete of the Week Kelvin Kirui ran the final leg for CU, completing the 1600m in 4:10.72. The group's time of 10:00.53 was nearly five seconds faster than the previous record, and currently ranks 20th in the NCAA this season.

Terer and freshman Amon Kemboi represented Campbell in the Camel City Elite men's 3K, racing against some of the top athletes in the country. The duo put up the two-fastest 3000m times in Campbell history as Terer ran a 7:59.92 while Kemboi followed closely behind at 8:02.04. Terer's mark beat the previous Campbell record held by Lawrence Kipkoech by more than 15 seconds.

In addition to the record performances, Campbell took home a first-place finish in in its final event of the day as Lilla Juhasz ran an 8.40 in the 60m hurdles final. That mark was her fastest this season as well as the top time in the Big South this year.

Juhasz ran alongside teammate Tatiana Wolfe in the 60m hurdles final, who put up a respectable 8.62 to place fifth overall. Campbell earned another top-five finish in the women's triple jump as Shenelle McKay jumped an 11.70m for her top mark of the season.

Up next, the Camels will send two small groups to two different meets next weekend. One group will head to New Mexico for the Don Kirby Invite, while the other will head to the Iowa State Classic, both scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10-11. For the most up-to-date information on Campbell track & field, follow @GoCamelsRun on Twitter.