Allen breaks meet and facility record at HPU VertKlasse Invite

Sabina Allen (BigSouthPhotos.com)
Sabina Allen (BigSouthPhotos.com)

HIGH POINT, N.C. – The Fighting Camels recorded eight top-three finishes and notched 12 personal-best marks to highlight performances on day two of the HPU VertKlasse Meeting. Campbell junior Sabina Allen broke the meet and facility records in the women's triple jump, while CU earned gold in the women's 100m hurdles and the men's 800m as Lilla Juhasz and Kelvin Kirui finished first overall in their respective events.

Allen placed second in the women's triple jump with a season-best mark of 12.60m, which broke the meet and facility records held by Brown's O'Sha Williams and Liberty's Janae Jones, respectively. Of note, Tajanel McNeill (unattached) placed first in the event, but had a wind-aided mark that did not count toward the records. Allen's performance currently ranks 11th on the NCAA Div. I Regional Qualifying List, as well as 19th in the entire NCAA.

Juhasz finished the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.64, which currently ranks 31st in the country and 18th on the regional qualifying list. Her performance today was just .32 seconds off of her school-record time that she set in 2015.

Kirui dominated the 800m with a personal- best 1:51.53, beating the next closest competitor by more than two seconds. Kirui's time was .19 seconds off the school record that Jeff Slater has held since 1988 and currently ranks 36th on the list of regional qualifiers.

CU had four other second-place finishes on the day. In the women's high jump, senior Shenelle McKay tied for second after clearing 1.67m. On the men's side, Davian Rhodes also took silver with a 1.99m performance.

In the running events, Juhasz finished second overall in the women's 100m dash finals with a mark of 11.86, the fastest time for Campbell this season and ranked inside the top-40 on the regional qualifying list. Campbell freshman Janai Scott finished second in the women's 200m after posting a personal-best time of 24.24. Tatiana Wolfe competed in the 400m hurdles, an event where she holds the school record, and placed third overall with a time of 1:01.17.

Campbell began the day with a PR in the women's 800m as Brianna Meyrick completed the race in 2:22.67. Freshman Isis Brooks set two PR's in the women's 100m and 200m with times of 12.31 and 25.02, respectively.

Daequon Carr, the 2017 Big South indoor 60m individual champion, posted a blazing 10.91 in the 100m dash. It was the first sub-11 mark for the Camels this season. In the men's 200m, Collin Cooper (22.96) and Noah Tyson (23.22) each notched PR's for CU.

Campbell junior Marcus Mize had two PR's broken in the hurdling events, posting marks of 16.60 in the 110m hurdles and 58.18 in the 400m hurdles. Chigozie Atavwigho put up a time of 54.18 in the 400m -hurdles to also set a personal-best. He earned a second outdoor PR in the 400m dash with a time of 50.02, the fastest for Campbell this season. CU ended the day with the men's 4x400m, recording a time of 3:26.18 for the team's best 4x400 this spring.

This marks the end of the HPU VertKlasse Meeting. A full breakdown of day two's results can be viewed at 'Results' tab above. Up next, the Camels are set to host the 2017 Campbell Open in Buies Creek. CU's home meet is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 7-8 at the Irwin Belk Track. For the most up-to-date information on Campbell track & field, follow @GoCamelsRun on Twitter.