Camels strike gold four times on day one of conference meet

L to R: Meshack Kipruto, Collin Cooper, Ka'Deem Wynn & Amon Terer
L to R: Meshack Kipruto, Collin Cooper, Ka'Deem Wynn & Amon Terer

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Fighting Camels got off to a great start at day one of the Big South Indoor Championships Saturday afternoon at the JDL Fast Track. Campbell took home championships in four events and had eight podium appearances on the day. 24 athletes qualified for the finals of their respective events, and 22 set personal-bests on the day.

CU goes into day two of the championships with the men in first place in the team rankings, while the women currently rank third behind Liberty and High Point. Both teams earned 42 points on the day as Campbell tallied points from 13 competitors.

Campbell's first championship of the day came in the women's 3000m as junior Joan Maritim completed the race with a time of 9:48.22. The Camels' got their next gold medal in the women's long jump as Campbell junior Sabina Allen posted a season-best mark of 5.74m.

Senior Amon Terer added to his trophy case with a win in the men's 3K as he ran an 8:15.15 to place first overall. Lastly, the Campbell men's DMR team of Meshack Kipruto, Collin Cooper, Ka'Deem Wynn and Terer dominated the competition with a mark of 10:03.76.

The Camels began the day with the women's long jump, which saw three CU athletes score points. Allen placed first, and Shenelle McKay was right behind her with a 5.73m jump to come in second. Deonica Reid also earned points for Campbell as she placed seventh with a mark of 5.32m.

In the men's long jump, Campbell had three athletes score points in Lorne Jenkins (3rd), Alize Graham (4th) and Nate Tyson (7th). Tyson and twin brother Noah Tyson set PR's with jumps of 6.82 and 6.71, respectively.

The next event was the 60m hurdles trials, which saw Lilla Juhasz and Tatiana Wolfe record the two-fastest times of the day. Juhasz dominated the first heat with a blazing time of 8.35 to earn the one-seed for tomorrow's final. Wolfe set a new PR in heat two with a time of 8.53 to place second.

On the men's side, Chigozie Atavwigho (8.39) and Marcus Mize (9.08) both notched PR's. Atavwigho's mark ranked fourth on the day and qualifies him for the final tomorrow afternoon.

Maritim continued her historic junior campaign with a championship in the 3000m. Campbell freshman Michaela Louw also recorded points for Campbell as she placed fifth in 10:21.18 to set a new PR.

In addition to Terer, the Camels had two more athletes score in the men's 3K in freshman duo Amon Kemboi and Hunter Gilbert. Kemboi placed second right behind Terer with a time of 8:15.76, while Gilbert placed eighth with a personal-best 8:43.27.

Up next was the 60m dash trials, where the Campbell women had three athletes qualify for tomorrow's final. Juhasz had the fastest time of the day as she tied her PR with a season-best 7.58. Janai Scott ranked fourth as she ran a personal-best 7.69, and Reid was right behind her with a time of 7.70 to place fifth.

For the Campbell men, freshman Daequon Carr clocked a quick 6.93 to lock up the one-seed and set a new PR. Atavwigho and Jenkins also qualified for the finals with times of 6.97 and 7.03, respectively. Senior Jacob Carter also had a PR in the 60m with a mark of 7.33.

The Camels had three athletes qualify for tomorrow's final in the 400m in Racheal Brown, Jocelyn Culbreath and Wolfe. Brown placed fourth with an indoor personal-best time of 57.78. Culbreath came in next for Campbell with the fifth-fastest time of the day at 57.96. Wolfe will be the seven-seed tomorrow as she ran a 58.19 in qualifying.

All four Campbell men set PR's in the 400m with two moving on to the finals. Atavwigho and Cooper had times of 50.47 and 50.50 to rank fifth and sixth on the day, while Carter and Mize posted marks of 52.93 and 53.12.

Campbell sophomore Roshae Jackson will be the one-seed in the women's 800m final as she ran a 2:14.69 in qualifying. Two more Camels qualified in Kelsey Rea and Heidi Tuszkiewicz who placed sixth and seventh on the day, and Tuszkiewicz's time of 2:19.93 set a new PR.

The Campbell men also have three finalists in 800m. Kelvin Kirui had the top time of the day with a 1:53.49. Kipruto placed fifth with a time of 1:55.63 while freshman Graeme Fisher placed eighth with a personal-best 1:56.65.

The final trials of day one were the women's and men's 200m dash. Scott recorded another PR as she had the fastest time of the day with a mark of 24.56. Isis Brooks tied her personal-best with a 25.35 to rank fourth, while Brown earned the final qualifying spot after running a 25.47.

Jenkins qualified for the final on the men's side, running a personal-best 22.46 to seed fourth. Carr and Carter also put up indoor PR's in the 200m with times of 23.08 and 23.37, respectively.

Day one ended with the women's and men's distance medley relay finals. Amina Alvarez Barkane (1200m leg), Jullia Morris (400m), Rea (800m) and Maritim (1600m) represented the Campbell women, placing second overall with a time of 12:03.84.

The Campbell men won the final event of the day as Kipruto (1200m), Cooper (400m), Wynn (800m) and Terer (1600m) finished in 10:03.76.

The Camels are back in action for day two of the Big South Indoor Championships tomorrow, with events beginning at noon at the JDL Fast Track. A full breakdown of today's results/team scores can be viewed at the 'Results' tab above. For the most up-to-date information on Campbell track & field, follow @GoCamelsRun on Twitter.