Camels set seven personal-best marks at HPU Meet

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HIGH POINT, N.C. – The Fighting Camels set seven personal-best marks to highlight day one performances Friday at the HPU VertKlasse Invitational. Noah Tyson had the best finish on the day after posting a PR of 6.90m in the men's long jump to place third overall at the meet.

The meet began with the men's high jump (Group B), where Chase Edwards and Nate Tyson represented CU. Both sophomores were able to clear 1.94m to tie Liberty's Jacob Burke and High Point's Patrick Irwin for the best result of the day. That mark set a PR for Tyson and was just a centimeter away from a PR for Edwards.

Up next was the women's long jump. Campbell freshman Jullia Morris had the best performance of the afternoon for Campbell with a mark of 5.25m. Deonica Reid also competed for CU, recording a jump of 5.22m for a personal-best outdoor mark.

On the men's side, Noah Tyson beat his personal-best long jump by .19m for CU's best finish on the day. Campbell senior Lorne Jenkins posted a season-best jump of 6.78m to place sixth at the meet. Alize Graham was Campbell's third participant in the men's long jump, recording a mark of 6.36m.

Following the field events were the running events, beginning with the 1500m. Amina Alvarez Barkane notched yet another PR in that event with a time of 4:44.87, placing 17th out of 102 total competitors. On the men's side, freshman Graeme Fisher placed 25th out of 99 with a time of 4:05.89, while classmate Travis Gallimore put up a time of 4:12.77 in his collegiate 1500m debut.

CU had three entries in the women's 5K as Madeline Fitch, Ali Bowen and Jade Baldwin represented the Fighting Camels. Fitch finished in 18:40.72 in her collegiate outdoor 5K to place 19th overall. Bowen (19:27.96) and Baldwin (19:56.71) each posted PR's in the event for CU.

Campbell Graduate Assistant Coach Letitia Saayman raced unattached in the women's 5K and posted a record-breaking performance as she placed first with a time of 16:50.96. That mark broke both her own facility record (16:51.56) that she set with Coastal Carolina in 2015, as well as the meet record (17:00.04) that was set by Amber Moran in 2010.

The final event of day one for Campbell was the men's 5K, where freshman Billy Knabe competed for CU. He recorded a time of 16:15.90 to beat his personal-best outdoor mark by more than six seconds.

Day two of the HPU VertKlasse Meeting continues Saturday morning as the women's 800m participation heats begin at 9:00 a.m. The meet will end with the men's 4x400m relay, scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Events will be streamed live on the Big South Network starting at 12:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon. For the most up-to-date information on Campbell track & field, follow @GoCamelsRun on Twitter.