Camels split up for Raleigh Relays, UNF Spring Break Open this weekend

Joan Maritim (Big South Sports Photo)
Joan Maritim (Big South Sports Photo)

BUIES CREEK, N.C. -- After a two-week break from competition, the Fighting Camels are back in action this weekend. CU will send a group of athletes to Raleigh, N.C. for the Raleigh Relays, hosted by NC State, while another group will travel to Jacksonville, Fla. for the UNF Spring Break Open, hosted by North Florida.

Raleigh Relays - Raleigh, N.C. - Friday & Saturday, March 24-25

Meet Information | Meet Schedule

The Raleigh Relays, set for Friday and Saturday, March 24-25 at NC State's Paul Derr Track, will have 2,217 athletes competing from the high school, college, amateur and professional ranks. Campbell will be one of 100 schools represented at the meet. Last year, 55 marks set at the Raleigh Relays ranked in the top-50 of the 2016 NCAA East Preliminary List, while 14 marks ranked inside the top-50 in the nation. This year's meet will be streamed live on ESPN3 both days at the 'Video' links above.

Campbell will get the meet started Friday at 9:45 a.m. with the women's 5K, where freshman Michaela Louw will represent the Camels in her collegiate outdoor 5K debut. Louw most recently ran a 17:47.58 at the 2017 Big South Indoor Championships to place 4th and score five points for CU. Meshack Kipruto, who is redshirting this outdoor season, will compete unattached in the men's 5K at approximately 11:04 a.m. It will be his first 5K since running in the same event at the 2016 Big South Outdoor Championships.

Collin Cooper and Jacob Carter will represent CU in the men's 400m, set to start at 1:40 p.m. Cooper will look to build off his performance at the UNCW Seahawk Invite as he set a new PR at 50.03. Carter also posted a personal-best performance in Wilmington with a mark of 52.50.

Following the 400m will be the men's 1500m, where Graeme Fisher and Kelvin Kirui are set to compete. Fisher will run at 3:35 p.m. in his collegiate 1500m debut, while Kirui's section will run at approximately 6:04 p.m. Kirui, who owns the Campbell record in the men's indoor 800m, will be aiming for a time of 3:45 to become a regional qualifier and break another program record.

Friday night will feature the men's and women's 10,000m, with some of the greatest professional and collegiate athletes in the country competing. Campbell junior Joan Maritim is set to run the women's 10K, an event where she owns the school record at 34:55.85. Based off of last year's NCAA East Regional qualifying list, Maritim would need to finish in 34:50 to become a regional qualifier. Campbell graduate assistant coach and former Division I All-American Letitia Saayman will run alongside Maritim unnattached.

Campbell will end day one with the men's 10K at approximately 8:46 p.m., where freshman Amon Kemboi is set to make his collegiate outdoor debut. Kemboi will aim for a mark of 29:30 to become an NCAA East Regional qualifier.

For the field events, Nate Tyson is set to compete in the men's long jump Friday at 11:30 a.m. Tyson is coming off a personal-best performance at the UNCW Seahawk Invite, where he jumped a 6.90m to claim 4th place. Campbell sophomore Chase Edwards will represent CU in the men's high jump Friday at 3:00 p.m., looking to beat his PR of 1.95m. 

Campbell's final field event of the meet will come on Saturday at noon as Noah Tyson competes in the triple jump, an event where he placed third at the Wilmington meet. CU will end the meet with the men's and women's 4x800m relays, set for Saturday afternoon at 3:00 and 3:20, respectively. 

UNF Spring Break Open - Jacksonville, Fla. - Friday, March 24

Meet Schedule

Campbell will send its top sprinters and jumpers to Jacksonville, Fla. for the UNF Spring Break Open. Events will run all day long on Friday, March 24 at UNF's Hodges Stadium.

The Camels will begin the meet at 10:00 a.m. as Lorne Jenkins and Alize Graham compete in the men's long jump. Jenkins will make his season debut after taking bronze in the 2017 Big South Indoor Championships with a mark of 7.13m. Graham most recently claimed first place at the UNCW Seahawk Invite with a season-best mark of 7.26m.

CU will be well-represented in the women's long jump, also scheduled for 10:00 a.m. start. Big South Indoor Championship medalists Sabina Allen and Shenelle McKay are set to compete, while Jullia Morris and Deonica Reid will also jump for the Campbell women. Morris is coming off a first-place finish at the UNCW Seahawk Invite with a personal-best mark of 5.58m.

Campbell seniors McKay and Davian Rhodes are set to compete in the men's and women's high jump, with both events beginning at 3:30 p.m. Rhodes is coming off an individual championship at the conference indoor meet with a mark of 2.10m. McKay finished third at the Big South Indoor Championships after clearing 1.69m.

The first running event of the day will be the women's 100m hurdles, where Lilla Juhasz and Tatiana Wolfe will compete for CU at 3:30. Juhasz holds the program record in that event with a mark of 13.29 that was set in 2015. On the men's side, Chigozie Atavwigho will make his collegiate debut in the men's 110m hurdles at approximately 3:55.

Following the hurdles will be the women's 4x100m, with Reid, Juhasz, Isis Brooks and Janai Scott set to compete for the Camels. After the relays, Campbell junior Racheal Brown will represent Campbell in the women's 400m at 5:00 p.m.

The Camels will have five women competing in the 100m dash as Allen, Brooks, Juhasz, Reid and Scott are all entered in the event. On the men's side, Daequon Carr and Graham are set to make their Campbell debuts in the 100m dash.

Wolfe and Atavwigho will compete in the 400m hurdles for Campbell. Wolfe owns the school record in the event with a mark of 59.43 that she set last season at the Campbell Invitational. With a full indoor season of hurdling under his belt, Atavwigho will look to shatter his PR of 55.18 in the event.

Brooks, Brown, Morris and Scott are set to run the women's 200m for Campbell, while Carr and Jenkins will represent CU on the men's side. The Camels will end the meet with the women's 4x400m relay with Morris, Brown, Wolfe and Scott running in the event.

Up next...

Following the meets, the Camels will split up once again as they are scheduled to compete in the Pepsi Florida Relays and the High Point VertKlasse Invitational. Both meets are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 31 and April 1. For the most up-to-date information on Campbell track & field, follow @GoCamelsRun on Twitter.