Louw downs facility record Friday at Campbell Open

Michaela Louw
Michaela Louw

BUIES CREEK, N.C. -- Campbell freshman Michaela Louw broke the Irwin Belk Track facility record in the women's 5K with a time of 17:57.46 to highlight day one of the 2017 Campbell Open. The record was previously held by Campbell alumna Rachel Deline, who posted a mark of 18:18.93 in CU's 2012 home meet.

Campbell began the day with the women's long jump, where Sabina Allen took home gold with a mark of 5.91m on her third attempt. Senior Shenelle McKay placed second in the events with a jump of 5.65m. Jullia Morris came in fourth with a 5.27m performance, while Deonica Reid placed fifth overall with a season-best jump of 5.23m.

Up next was the men's long jump, which saw Alize Graham post a mark of 7.10m to win the event. Campbell senior Lorne Jenkins put up a season-best performance of 6.98m to place second overall, followed by Nate Tyson who placed third with a jump of 6.76m. Nate's twin brother, Noah Tyson, came in fifth with a 6.67m performance, while Chase Edwards placed sixth with a personal-best mark of 6.13m.

Campbell had six runners competing in the women's 5K, plus freshman Lize Botha who raced unattached in the event. Louw led the way for the entire race, posting her fastest outdoor 5K this season at 17:57.46. Botha came in second place with a time of 18:40.52, followed by Heidi Tuszkiewicz who finished her collegiate outdoor 5K debut in 18:46.89. Campbell sophomore Ali Bowen was the only athlete to notch a PR in the event with a time of 19:15.98.

Freshman Billy Knabe represented Campbell in the men's 5K, placing eighth overall with a time of 16:21.43. Lawrence Kipkoech and Meshack Kipruto, who are redshirting this outdoor season, competed unattached in the event and placed first and second, respectively. Kipkoech's time of 14:14.44 shattered the facility record, previously held by Campbell alumnus Colin Lavigne.

A full breakdown of Friday's results can be viewed at the 'Results' tab above. Day two of the Campbell Open continues Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Irwin Belk Track. For the most up-to-date information on Campbell track & field, follow @GoCamelsRun on Twitter.